Ryan Wong's strong technical background and entrepreneurial experience give him a unique insight into his clients' business and legal needs. While earning his B.S. in biomedical and electrical engineering and a minor in mathematics from the University of Southern California, he co-founded a Pasadena-based software company and served as its software director. In this role, he led the design and development of a software system that is still used by some of the largest businesses in the metals, construction and distribution industries.
Ryan represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial and intellectual property litigation matters.
Cases of Note
Cisco Systems, Inc. v. Arista Networks, Inc.: We defended Arista Networks in this groundbreaking case which raised the important question of whether and to what extent functional computer commands merit copyright protection. Cisco accused Arista, run by a former Cisco vice president, of copyright infringement for the use of more than 500 commands used to configure network switches. Cisco also accused Arista of infringing two patents, one of which it dismissed before trial. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in our client’s favor on both the copyright and patent claims.
Cobarruviaz, et al. v. Instacart: We defeated a putative class action filed against a leading on-demand technology company, Instacart, which connects customers with personal shoppers for grocery shopping and home delivery. The class action addressed an issue critical to the new “sharing economy”: whether personal shoppers who use Instacart’s technology platform were properly considered independent contractors rather than employees. The court issued its order dismissing the class action claims on November 3, 2015.
Round Rock Research LLC v. SanDisk Corporation: We defended SanDisk from numerous patent assertions by Round Rock, including a total of 15 patents asserted in two separate litigations in the District of Delaware, and 12 patents asserted in another case in the Northern District of California. We prevailed in all adjudicated phases of the Delaware and California actions before the parties reached a broad settlement. In the California action, we secured final judgment in favor of SanDisk after obtaining a summary-judgment victory based on patent exhaustion. In the first Delaware phase, which culminated with a jury trial on two asserted patents, we obtained a defense verdict invalidating most asserted claims of both patents, and finding no infringement as to the other claims. In the next Delaware phase, a second jury trial was vacated after we obtained summary judgment invalidating claims from a third patent asserted by Round Rock. The other patents in the Delaware actions remained pending adjudication when the parties settled.
In the Matter of Certain Standard Cell Libraries Products Containing or Made: We represented Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) against Tela Innovations in the ITC and in the District of Delaware. Both cases concerned patents that relate to integrated circuit design. Tela attempted to prevent TSMC, the world’s leading pure play foundry, from working with its hundreds of US customers, including Apple and Qualcomm, to manufacture chips that are the heart of nearly every smartphone and television sold in the US. In the offensive case, TSMC asserted that Tela Innovations partnered with TSMC in order to learn about the company’s technology, which it used to build its own patents. After successfully briefing and arguing to limit the ITC investigation only to TSMC’s importations into the US, as opposed to TSMC’s customers, we negotiated a resolution between the two companies that resulted in TSMC purchasing a portion of Tela Innovations.
British Telecommunications v. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC: We served as lead counsel for Comcast in an eight-patent case brought by British Telecom in Delaware federal court. The case targeted Comcast's high speed data and telephony services and video encryption. We also asserted Comcast patents against British Telecom in Texas federal court. In Delaware, we prevailed on six of the eight patents by way of summary judgment and stipulated dismissals, and thereafter reached a very favorable resolution of both litigations.
C-Cation Technologies v. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, et al.: We represented Comcast in a patent infringement case brought by C-Cation Technologies in the Eastern District of Texas, and a related breach of contract claim Comcast brought in the Southern District of New York. The plaintiff targeted our clients' high speed data and telephony services and sought damages well into nine figures. We were selected as lead trial counsel for all defendants, which included three other cable companies. After several pre-trial victories, we reached a favorable settlement for all defendants.
Plaintiffs v. Individuals: Plaintiffs filed breach of contract and many other state claims including fraud and unjust enrichment against our clients. We successfully filed a demurrer on more than half of the claims, eventually leading to a successful settlement.
Awards and Honors
- Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2015 - 2016
UC Berkeley School of Law
- Order of the Coif
- Prosser Awards in Contracts, Income Tax, and Criminal Procedure
- American Jurisprudence Award in Wine Law
- Member, California Law Review
- Member, Berkeley Technology Law Review
- Member, Boalt Hall Queer Caucus
University of Southern California
- Trustee Scholar, 1996-2000
- Merit Research Award, Engineering, 1996-2000
- Departmental Recognition, Mathematics, 1999
- Biomedical Engineering Award, 1996