Ryan R. Smith is a partner in the patent litigation and trial practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Ryan has served as lead counsel in prosecuting and defending patent infringement actions in federal courts throughout the country, including before the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has litigated more than 75 patent cases involving a broad spectrum of subject matters, including semiconductors, computer networking, consumer electronics, enterprise software, and financial technology. For example, Ryan recently served as lead trial counsel for a defendant in a high-stakes patent case in the Eastern District of Texas, obtaining a complete defense verdict on all four asserted patents.
Ryan has drafted and negotiated more than 50 patent license agreements in a variety of different contexts, including settlement of litigation and as part of more extensive business deals. He also advises companies regarding the impact of patent litigation on a variety of transactions, including IPOs, mergers, acquisitions, and asset purchases.REPRESENTATIVE CASES:
- Chrimar v. Aerohive - Served as lead trial counsel and obtained a complete defense verdict of no infringement in an action pending in the Eastern District of Texas.
- Mantissa v. Ondot - Served as lead counsel, obtaining summary judgment of invalidity based on patent ineligibility.
- Mtel v. Aerohive / Mtel v. Xirrus - Obtained favorable claim construction order on behalf of multiple clients resulting in dismissal of case.
- Garnet Digital v. NETGEAR – Achieved complete defense victory for NETGEAR on grounds of non-infringement in action pending in the Eastern District of Texas.
- Digital Reg v. Symantec – Prevailed on a motion to transfer the case from the Eastern District of Texas to the Northern District of California and subsequently prevailed on a motion for summary judgment of non-infringement as to plaintiff's primary infringement theories.
- Cyberphone v. Groupon – Obtained early summary judgment victory on behalf of Groupon for invalidity based on unpatentable subject matter. The Federal Circuit recently affirmed Groupon's victory.
- SanDisk v. STMicro – Represented SanDisk in patent infringement and antitrust litigation. The case set the legal standard for declaratory judgment actions in patent cases. See 480. F.3d 1372 (Fed. Cir. 2007).
- NETGEAR v. CSIRO – Represented plaintiff in a declaratory judgment action pertaining to wireless networking. In a matter of first impression, the Federal Circuit agreed with NETGEAR regarding the "commercial activity" exception for foreign sovereign immunity. See 455 F.3d 1364 (Fed. Cir. 2006). The case settled during trial.
- Protegrity v. Voltage – Obtained key summary judgment victory on behalf of defendant regarding lost profit damages. The case settled during trial.
- ITC Inv. Nos. 534, 560, and 613 – Represented SanDisk in several ITC investigations. Ryan played a significant role at the evidentiary hearings, including cross examination of key technical witnesses.
- J.D., New York University School of Law, 2003
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, 2000
Magna Cum Laude
- Research Review Meeting at the University of Michigan, Mcity, November 2017
- State Bar of California
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office