Ryan De Vries
Ryan De Vries is an associate intellectual property lawyer at Heer Law. He provides strategic intellectual property advice to clients and is experienced in preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark, and industrial design applications.
With a background in physics and experience in designing and programming software models and analysis tools, Ryan specializes on securing patent protection for electrical, software, and mechanical inventions. He also assists clients in navigating the domestic and global patent systems, and works with clients to develop practical intellectual property strategies for their businesses.
Ryan’s patent practice encompasses all aspects of patent law, including drafting applications, responding to objections and rejections from domestic and foreign patent offices, and providing patent-related business services and patent enforcement services.
While having a particular interest in automation, robotics, and nanotechnology, Ryan regularly works with a great variety of mechanical, electrical, and software inventions. He routinely drafts applications for filing domestically, in the United States, and internationally, and works with applicants to respond to subject matter, novelty, and obviousness rejections and objections. Ryan also provides preliminary opinions on the patentability of proposed inventions.
Ryan also regularly provides validity, infringement, and freedom to operate opinions, and assists clients in defending their intellectual property rights.
Ryan also prepares patent-related commercial agreements, including assignments, licenses, and transfers, and conducts due diligence reviews in commercial matters.
Ryan assists clients in obtaining trademarks in Canada and in foreign jurisdictions. His opinion work includes clearance, validity, and infringement opinions.
Ryan’s trademark prosecution practice includes preparing trademark applications and responding to trademark office objections and rejections. Ryan also handles trademark opposition and expungement proceedings.
Intellectual Property Litigation and Enforcement
Ryan has worked with rights holders and respondents in patent, trademark, and copyright disputes. Ryan regularly prepares cease and desist and demand letters, and has experience in preparing pleadings and written representations on motions in Federal Court proceedings.
Prior to joining Heer Law, Ryan articled with a large intellectual property boutique firm in Toronto (Bereskin & Parr), where he focused primarily on patent drafting and prosecution. Ryan was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2017, and earned a Bachelor of Science in physics, with distinction, from the University of Western Ontario in 2010. While studying physics at Western, Ryan spent his summers working with an atmospheric science research group at Western and a materials science research group at Simon Fraser University, where his work included designing and programming software models and analysis tools.