Ryan M. Kent

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B.A., University of California, San Diego, History, Economics, 1997

J.D., Yale Law School, 2001 

It is easy to make a simple case complicated, but it’s hard to make a complicated case simple. By taking the complex and making it seem simple, Ryan Kent has won summary judgment verdicts in patent cases in the Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware and the Northern and Central Districts of California and a bench trial in the District of Massachusetts, as well as several jury trials in which he was the lead counsel.

Ryan’s particular expertise is in intellectual property litigation. He has successfully defended companies in a wide range fields including computer security, image processing, speech recognition and distributed computing. He recently secured a decisive victory in the District of Delaware for Yahoo, Tumblr, Snapchat and Pinterest against Fo2Go, Inc., winning early summary judgment that the claims of the asserted patent were invalid as indefinite.  Ryan previously won summary judgment for these defendants as well as Twitter, Yelp, Travelocity, Shutterfly and Dropbox in the Eastern District of Virginia on patentable subject matter grounds, and in 2016 obtained dismissal for Dropbox in a case brought by Realtime Data LLC in the Eastern District of Texas. Ryan’s practice also extends to other complex civil litigation, including class actions and misappropriation of trade secrets.  Last year Ryan helped win a defense jury verdict on behalf of the California State University against a class of over 170,000 CSU students contending that that fee increases amounted to double-billing.  Ryan has been declared a “top patent professional” by IAM Patent 1000, recognized by Best Lawyers for his work in patent litigation, a Rising Star in IP Litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2011-2014, and a Super Lawyer in 2015-2016.

Ryan helped found Durie Tangri. He was formerly a partner at San Francisco’s Keker & Van Nest, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Tena Campbell of the United States District Court for the District of Utah in 2001-2002. Ryan received his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 2001 and his Bachelor of Arts at the University of California, San Diego where he played rugby, won a league title and graduated summa cum laude in 1997. 

Ryan is a native of San Francisco, where he can be found surfing in the cold waters of Northern California, riding his bike in the Marin headlands and playing with his four-year-old daughter.