Ryan A. Heck, Ph.D.*

Senior Counsel

Nevada Office



During his career, Ryan has assisted clients large and small in a wide variety of intellectual property matters including the acquisition, enforcement, and licensing of technologies in a broad range of technical fields such as computer science, chemistry, biotechnology, chemical engineering, material science, and mechanical devices. Currently, Ryan specializes in obtaining and enforcing patents in the area of computer science, with a focus on database systems and applications. He also has significant experience in drafting legal agreements related to intellectual property, including license agreements, confidentiality agreements, and material transfer agreements. Ryan has participated in legal proceedings both enforcing patents and defending against charges of patent infringement, as well as participating in post-grant review proceedings. He also counsels clients regarding issues of patentability, patent validity, and non-infringement.

Ryan’s wide range of legal experience and his time spent working in-house as the director of the Technology Transfer Office at the University of Nevada, Reno, aid him in developing client-centric solutions. Ryan is passionate about learning new technologies, and has recently completed extensive coursework in computer science and engineering, including at the graduate level. He previously completed a technical diploma for the Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering Program offered by the American Brewers Guild.

Ryan worked at Klarquist as an associate from 2004 to 2008, rejoined the firm in 2015, joined the partnership in 2021, and transitioned to a senior counsel role in 2023.

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