Ryan K. Simmons

Intellectual Property Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
252.672.5504 Fax 252.672.5477
Email rks@wardandsmith.com
Post Office Box 867, New Bern, NC 28563-0867

Ryan's practice encompasses a wide range of intellectual property ("IP") matters, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  He supports and negotiates IP issues, including licensing and non-disclosure agreements and IP-related terms and conditions in various other types of agreements, such as joint development, manufacturing, service, and sales agreements.  He is a registered patent attorney and has significant experience with preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent applications in a broad range of technologies, including electronics, computer hardware and software, medical devices, and general mechanical technologies.  Ryan has worked with entities ranging from Fortune 100 to start-up companies to capture and protect their IP and has experience advising clients concerning the strategic development and management of their IP portfolios.

Education

  • J.D., Florida Coastal School of Law, 1999
  • B.S., Utah State University, 1995

Representative Experience

  • Representation of a biotech start-up company in developing and protecting their patent portfolio to position them for a $90 million+ acquisition by one of the largest DNA sequencing companies in the U.S.
  • Representation of a large home appliance manufacturer in the prosecution of strategic patent applications
  • Representation of a packaging company to provide IP due diligence prior to the sale of their packaging business
  • Representation of a company in the preparation of product clearance/non-infringement opinion, as well as product development, prior to launching of new products into a crowded consumer market space
  • Representation of a company in the development and filing of strategic patent applications prior to entering into a large government contract for military equipment
  • Representation of a container company in the strategic development of a large patent portfolio to protect their innovative product designs to gain a competitive advantage in a traditionally low IP business space
  • Representation of a companies in the retail online, banking, and tech space in response to patent infringement assertions from non-practicing entities

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association—Section: Intellectual Property Law
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Craven Alumni Association; Leadership Craven Alumnus, Class of 2012)
  • North Carolina Bar Association—Section: Intellectual Property Law

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2010
  • Vermont, 2006
  • Florida, 2000
  • United States Patent  and Trademark Office, 2000
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • All state courts in Florida
  • All state courts in Vermont

About Me

My motto is, If you don't try, you won't know.  I admire my clients' creativity and courage to put it all on the line in pursuit of their passion/dreams.  The best thing about Ward and Smith is its culture, which is rooted in exceptional client service and teamwork.

One surprising thing people don't know about me is I was an alligator hunter in Florida for a brief period of time.  I was also a high school Biology teacher.

I would love to live on a boat, because I love fishing and the ocean and living on a boat would allow me to always be close to the ocean and the ability to fish as much as I want.  

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are my favorite fictional characters.  They were always up for a good adventure and just knew how to have fun!

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