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Bartko LLP’s Patrick M. Ryan Ranked “Top IP Lawyer 2024” in California

May 22, 2024

San Francisco, CAPatrick M. Ryan is co-managing partner at the top boutique law firm, Bartko LLP. Ryan, head of Litigation at the firm, has been named as a “Top Intellectual Property Lawyer” in California by the Daily Journal (PDF). This annual list recognizes lawyers who made the most significant contributions to this growing, and increasingly essential, practice of law.

Ryan has over 24 years of experience successfully trying cases, for both plaintiffs and defendants, including major intellectual property and antitrust cases. Ryan credited his University of Notre Dame Law School professor, G. Robert Blakey with giving him some of the foundational skills that he regularly exercises in his practice. Blakely authored the RICO statute and was a mob prosecutor, under whom Ryan worked as a law clerk in law school.

The Daily Journal’s article, published May 22, 2024, highlights Ryan’s trade secrets win in 2019, one of the largest such awards in U.S. legal history. In that case, Ryan led the Bartko team in obtaining an $845 million jury award for a client that makes technology used in manufacturing computer chips

The Daily Journal also noted Ryan’s $2 million win in 2023 in an anti-counterfeiting and trademark infringement case, for Bartko LLP’s client, JUUL Labs Inc. In it, this client claimed victory over a network of Chinese counterfeiters, who had a substantial presence in the U.S. After a bench trial, the court found for JUUL on infringement, awarded $2 million in statutory damages (despite low actual damages), found the case to be exceptional, and awarded $800,000 in attorneys’ fees.

Moreover, the Court permanently enjoined the defendants from continuing to engage in their unlawful counterfeiting. As quoted in the article, Ryan said: “This is a very organized counterfeiting group in China that ships … products into the U.S. with no regard for consumer safety. It was very gratifying to get a permanent injunction.”

About Bartko LLP

Established in 1978, Bartko LLP handles complex business trials, IP and trade secret claims, labor negotiations, employment litigation and counseling, as well as real estate transactions and franchise disputes. They win by thinking differently, while their clients cross many industries including healthcare, finance, software, retail, biotech, and real estate.

Daily Journal article available here (PDF)

Contact: Patrick M. Ryan | pryan@bartkolaw.com | 415.291.4540