Ryan C. Smith, Ph.D.

150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4612
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Mary Peterson
D: 612.371.5204

Ryan is a dedicated intellectual property attorney in Minneapolis who focuses his practice on chemical and life science technologies. His clients range from individual innovators, startups and fortune 500 companies.

Putting Biomedical & USPTO Experience to Work for You

Prior to joining Merchant & Gould, Ryan worked for a law firm in Minneapolis. There he handled issues for clients in the biomedical, food science, chemical and medical device industries. He also previously worked for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner. His role there involved evaluating patent applications relating to drug-delivery devices and bio-affecting and body-treating compositions.

Ryan uses both experiences to help his clients strategically navigate the patent process from product concept to clearance. For over a decade, Ryan has learned that each step of the patent process is important, and values fostering a true partnership with clients to help achieve business objectives.

Addressing an Array of Intellectual Property Concerns

Ryan provides knowledgeable service in many forms. These include:

  • Filing and prosecuting U.S. applications
  • Managing global patent portfolios
  • Crafting invalidity and infringement opinions
  • Performing M&A due diligence of intellectual property portfolios,
  • Negotiating licensing and joint development agreements

A True Partner for Your Business

Ryan’s goal is to be your go-to 24/7 intellectual property attorney. He strives to become an active extension of your own in-house IP department, always working in line with your business.

To gain such a partner for your business—one who will always keep an eye to your company’s overarching IP strategy—call Ryan today at 612.336.4612 or send him an email.


William Mitchell College of Law
Cybaris, An Intellectual Property Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court, best brief, Chicago Region 

Creighton University
Ph.D., Pharmacology
B.S., Biology


Minnesota State Bar
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Minnesota Intellectual Property  Law Association (MIPLA)
New York Academy of Sciences
American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)

Publications & Speaking


On the Cutting Edge: Updates on Patent Law, Data Privacy, and E-Commerce CLE (July 11, 2019)

Hot Topics, Trends, & Updates: Cybersecurity, Patent Litigation Decisions, and the Implications CLE (July 11, 2018)


Update on the American Invents Act: Pre-Issuance Third-party Submissions, October 2012, Larkin Hoffman e-newsletter, cited on AIPLA Lexology

A Summary of Recent Changes under the America Invents Act, October 2012, Larkin Hoffman e-newsletter, cited on AIPLA Lexology

Examiner Interviews 101 - Strategies on How to Make the Most of Your USPTO Interview and Get Your Patent Issued.  AIPLA New Lawyers Committee CLE, Dickstein Shapiro LLP, May, 30, 2012
Update on the American Invents Act: Cost Considerations Associated with Post-Grant Review, April 2012, Larkin Hoffman e-newsletter, cited on AIPLA Lexology
Update on the American Invents Act: Post-Grant Review, January 2012, Larkin Hoffman e-newsletter, cited on AIPLA Lexology
Update on the America Invents Act: Virtual Marking, discussion on recent changes in the law,  Legal Talk Network Podcast, December 15, 2011
Update on the American Invents Act: Virtual Marking, November 2011, Larkin Hoffman e-newsletter, cited on AIPLA Lexology.