Ryan W. O'Donnell

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Overview

Ryan chairs Volpe Koenig’s Life Sciences practice group and brings his in-depth industry experience to bear in representing universities and companies of all sizes. His clients appreciate his personable approach and thorough understanding of their needs and business goals. He routinely reviews their intellectual property assets and provides counseling on new and creative ways to maximize the value of those assets through licensing, enforcement, or strategic partnerships. Ryan has played a key role in assisting his clients with successful industry-wide licensing programs and mutual cross-licensing programs.

His technical emphasis is primarily concentrated in biotechnology, chemical and mechanical technologies. Ryan’s work includes patent prosecution, intellectual property litigation and licensing. He also regularly conducts validity, infringement and freedom to operate analyses on behalf of clients.

As a skillful litigator, Ryan has negotiated the successful pre-trial resolution of several complex intellectual property matters and has served as trial counsel in patent infringement disputes in various U.S. Federal District Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Ninth Circuit, and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). He has also served as lead counsel at several Markman claim construction hearings and obtained several favorable claim construction opinions in patent infringement matters.

Ryan is fully experienced with USPTO inter partes review (IPR) and reexamination proceedings, having represented clients in more than a dozen IPR proceedings. When representing patent owners in IPR proceedings, he has achieved favorable outcomes, including a decision by the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denying institution of inter partes review in full based on the patent owner’s preliminary response, and decisions instituting IPR on a limited subset of the claims for which IPR was requested. When representing petitioners in IPR proceedings, he has also obtained favorable decisions, including the cancellation of all claims for which IPR was requested and cancellation of the majority of the claims being asserted in co-pending litigation. Ryan’s experience also includes arguing before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board in several inter partes review and reexamination proceedings.

Previous Work and Industry Experience

Ryan’s industry experience includes serving as a medical device analyst and as a research assistant in a cellular and biochemical research lab.

Life Beyond Law

Ryan enjoys outdoor activities such as soccer, running, golf, and skiing, and spending quality time with his family and friends. His is an avid Temple University fan and enjoys attending Temple football and basketball games.

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Ryan's technical emphasis is primarily concentrated in biotechnology, chemical and mechanical technologies with a focus on: 

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Professional Affiliations

  • Life Sciences Collaborative Advisory Board
  • Association of University Technology Managers
  • New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Vice President, Intellectual Property
  • Irish American Business Chamber and Network

Education

Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D.

Temple University, B.S., Biochemistry and Biology, cum laude

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
    New Jersey
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
    U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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