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Ryan Levy

Managing Shareholder

Ryan Levy focuses on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on patent litigation. He has represented international and domestic companies as both plaintiff and defendant in matters involving chemical formulations and related properties; large-scale industrial equipment; processes for roadway design; automotive equipment; and various software ranging from web-based protocols to automated detection systems.

Mr. Levy has litigated patent disputes in various U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition to patent disputes, he has conducted trademark opposition proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and handled numerous domain name disputes before the National Arbitration Forum.

Mr. Levy also counsels clients on IP procurement and licensing in both trademarks and patents. He is regularly involved in developing and supervising patent prosecution strategies for maximizing the value of clients’ IP portfolios. Mr. Levy’s litigation experience enables him to advise clients on complex prosecution strategies to avoid potential problems that might otherwise arise if a patent portfolio is later challenged. He continues to maintain a patent prosecution practice with particular experience in both the medical device and the firearm industries.

Mr. Levy is the past President of the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, past President of the Young Lawyers Division of the Nashville Bar Association, and previously served as  Program Committee Chair and Executive Committee member of the Belmont University College of Law American Inns of Court.

Representative Patents


  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2005
  • B.S., Biochemistry, North Carolina State University, 2001
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office  (USPTO)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Western District of Tennessee
  • Middle District of Tennessee
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Eastern District of Texas

Professional Memberships

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division, Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Belmont University College of Law American Inns of Court
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineering

 Recent Publications

  • Ryan D. Levy & Spencer Green, Pharmaceuticals and Biopiracy: How the AIA May Inadvertently Reduce the Misappropriation of Traditional Medicine, 23 U. Miami Bus. L. Rev. 401 (2015)