Ryan Brunner is an associate in the intellectual property litigation group with a wide-ranging practice. Ryan represents clients in a variety of intellectual property matters, including patent, trade secret, false advertising, and contract disputes. His experience spans all stages of litigation, including pre-suit investigations; drafting pleadings and dispositive motions; managing document discovery and conducting meet-and-confers; preparing witnesses for depositions and trial; participating in hearings and oral argument; and cross-examining and defending witnesses at trial.
Ryan has represented clients in litigation in federal district courts, the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission, and international arbitration. In addition to litigation matters, Ryan advises clients on issues including trade secret protections, standard-essential patents, and licensing. His experience covers a range of technical fields, including semiconductor manufacturing, consumer electronics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, cloud services, video coding, and telecommunications.
Ryan also maintains a pro bono practice in the District of Columbia and other federal and state jurisdictions. His pro bono experience spans intellectual property, wrongful conviction, civil rights, defamation, immigration, domestic violence, and landlord-tenant matters. In one notable case, Ryan was part of a small team that obtained a gubernatorial pardon for a client who spent 32 years wrongfully incarcerated.
- Represented a global semiconductor wafer manufacturer and its employees in an international arbitration, a series of federal lawsuits in the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit, and a PTAB derivation proceeding, all involving allegations of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract in connection with a patent. Following a two-week trial, the arbitration tribunal rejected all claims against the manufacturer and its employees, and the federal lawsuits and derivation proceeding were later dismissed.
- Represented a multinational electronics company in a series of appeals and cross-appeals to the Federal Circuit from decisions of the Eastern District of Texas and PTAB relating to patents directed to image sensors and digital cameras. The Federal Circuit vacated a multi-million-dollar judgment against the client.
- Represented a medical technology company in the Northern District of California in an action to redress trade secret misappropriation and related torts in the field of flow cytometry. The litigation settled favorably prior to trial.
- Represented a multinational pharmaceutical company in a Lanham Act dispute against a competitor in the District of New Jersey, regarding the competitor’s misleading advertising about insurance coverage for the parties’ respective prescription drug products. The litigation settled favorably prior to trial.
- Represented a multinational engineering company in a trade secret dispute involving the design and manufacture of a data center. After filing summary judgment and Daubert motions on behalf of the client, the litigation settled favorably.
- Represented an audio technology company named as a downstream respondent in a Section 337 complaint before the International Trade Commission concerning trade secret misappropriation issues.
- Represented a cybersecurity technology company in a Federal Circuit appeal involving patents relating to out-of-band authentication techniques and systems.
- Represents a variety of clients, in industries including consumer electronics and cloud services, in litigation brought by non-practicing entities.
- Advises various clients in licensing negotiations, due diligence, and pre-suit investigations involving complex intellectual property issues, including trade secret protections and standard-essential patents.
- Co-author, “Beware Arbitration Clauses That May Bar Inter Partes Review,” Law360 (June 24, 2022)
- Co-author, “Exploring Interplay Between PTAB and Claims Court: Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3,” Law360 (February 5-7, 2018)
- Author, “Websites as Facilities Under ADA Title III,” 15 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 171 (2017)
- JD, magna cum laude, Duke University School of Law, 2017; Executive Editor, Duke Law Journal; Senior Research Editor, Duke Law & Technology Review
- BA (English; Ethics & Public Policy), magna cum laude, University of Iowa, 2014
Admissions / Qualifications
- District of Columbia, 2017
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, 2022
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2020