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  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 2003
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center, JD, 2006
Ryan F. Heavener
Professional Experience

Ryan specializes in securing and leveraging IP assets according to the unique business objectives of his clients in both domestic and global settings.  His practice includes patent preparation and prosecution, patent validity and infringement analysis, state-of-the-art and patentability opinions, IP landscaping analysis, licensing, due diligence and trade secrets.  Ryan focuses in the electrical, electromechanical and mechanical arts.

Client Work

Ryan works closely with clients counseling them on IP strategies for securing intellectual property rights and maximizing the value of their IP assets.  Ryan takes pride in assisting clients develop and optimize their patent portfolio according to their business needs by counseling on patent portfolio development and strategy, patent prosecution strategy, patent acquisitions and patent divestitures.  He also enjoys counseling clients on offensive and defensive uses which exploit the value of those IP assets, including reviewing patent portfolios for the most valuable assets, mapping IP assets to infringing use and licensing those assets.  Ryan understands the importance of client service.  He has worked at a large, publicly traded company as in-house counsel.

Ryan has experience in a vast range of electrical and mechanical technologies, including communication networks, semiconductor solutions, power devices, microcontrollers, LED drivers, sensors, automotive & power management IC’s processor-based controls, audio/video signal compression and encoding, data transfer and management, media networking, digital rights management, optics, semiconductor memory devices, semiconductor light sources, display devices, cameras, medical imaging, printers, medical devices, modular homes, engine starters and golf clubs.

Additionally, Ryan has experience drafting infringement, non-infringement and invalidity claim charts and preparing rebuttal arguments to such charts.

Previous Work

For over 3 years, Ryan worked in Munich, Germany as patent counsel for one of the world’s leading semiconductor companies.  During his tenure, Ryan managed the procurement, development and maintenance of the company’s vast patent portfolio through frequent interaction with engineers and outside counsel, while remaining budget-conscious.  He also provided strategic counsel for the monetization of intellectual property rights through his leadership in licensing activities.  Ryan’s experience in U.S. patent law was unique to the foreign entity, which allowed the company to leverage their global IP strategy more effectively.  The experience also provides Ryan with a unique “in-house” perspective, allowing him to understand the needs of a client at all stages to achieve their goals of optimizing the value of their intellectual property rights.

Professional Activities

Ryan previously served as a leader of AIPLA’s New Lawyers Committee in Washington, D.C.

Bar and Court Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
District of Columbia
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Life Beyond the Law

I am a video game enthusiast and home media tinkerer.  I love cooking off-the-cuff and the experimentation that goes with it.  I ride my bike year-round in all weather conditions.  I appreciate a good German beer (they are all good), and I welcome any excuse to wear my Lederhosen.