Ryan helps technology companies and entrepreneurs litigate intellectual property and business disputes.  His practice focuses on disputes arising in the digital entertainment, software and Internet industries.  He represents clients in contract, copyright, patent, trade secret, trademark, business and antitrust matters in federal and state courts across the country.  Ryan also counsels clients on contractual matters and strategies for mitigating legal risk.  

With nearly 15 years of experience litigating high-stakes IP and business disputes, Ryan is knowledgeable in all phases of litigation—from pre-suit investigation through trial and appeal.  He empowers clients with a trusted partner committed to achieving their business and legal objectives.  Clients repeatedly praise Ryan's work and return when new disputes arise.  

Ryan recently served as lead trial counsel and won a judgment in excess of $2.5 million, including prejudgment interest and attorneys's fees, for his client, a shareholder group, in an M&A dispute involving search engine technology.

Ryan also recently won a judgment of invalidity in a patent infringement litigation in the Southern District of New York for his client, a mobile content management platform provider.  He secured an affirmance of this judgment at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.  

Prior to founding Tyz Law Group PC, Ryan spent over ten years as a litigator in Fenwick & West’s nationally recognized intellectual property litigation group in Silicon Valley representing and counseling technology clients in patent and other intellectual property matters. 

Ryan served as trial counsel for Zillow in a patent litigation brought by a competitor, LendingTree v. Zillow et al. (W.D.N.C.), leading the litigation from its inception and winning a complete defense jury verdict of non-infringement and invalidity at trial.

Super Lawyers named Ryan a Rising Star in 2013 and 2014.  Ryan has served as a faculty member for NITA deposition and fact investigation clinics, and he presented claim construction simulation to federal judges at UC Berkeley School of Law’s intellectual property law program.


  • J.D., University of Oregon School of Law - 2004, Editor Oregon Law Review 

  • M.A., International Institute for the Sociology of Law - 2001, Spain

  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara - 1998, Law & Society


  • Member of the State Bar of California
  • Admitted to all of the United States District Courts for the State of California
  • Admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Ryan's Representative Matters

  • Bubble Pony, Inc. v. Facepunch Studios Ltd. et al., Case No. 15-cv-601 (D. Minn.) (represent defendant video game development studio in copyright litigation).

  • IP Communication Solutions LLC. v. Line2, Inc., Case No. 2016-cv-00132 (D. Del.) (represent defendant VoIP provider in patent litigation).

  • Multimedia Plus, Inc. v. PlayerLync LLC, Case No. 2014-cv-08216 (S.D.N.Y) (represent defendant video content platform provider in patent litigation).

  • Ellis v. Events.com Inc., Case No. 37-2016-00043934 (San Diego Sup. Ct.) (represent plaintiff founder and tech investors in breach of contract and fraud action).

  • Capstone Turbine Corporation v. Wrightspeed, Inc., Case No. BC582632 (Los Angeles Sup. Ct.) (represent defendant clean technology company in breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation action).

  • Mowingo, Inc. v. The Marketing Store Worldwide, Case No. 2017-L-001071 (Cook County Circuit Ct., Ill.) (represent plaintiff app developer in breach of contract action).

  • Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International, Inc.  v. The PEER Group, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-00866 (N.D. Cal.) (represent defendant chip manufacturing software provider in copyright, trademark and antitrust action).

  • Brayton Energy, LLC. v. Wrightspeed, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-278851 (Santa Clara Sup. Ct.) (represent defendant in breach of contract and business tort action).

  • Clark v. Zillow et al., Case No. CGC-15-545613 (San Francisco Sup. Ct.) (represent defendant Zillow in defamation action).

  • Versata Software, Inc. v. Zoho Corporation, Case No. A-12-CA-00371 (W.D. Tex.) (represent defendant app developer in patent litigation).

  • LendingTree, LLC v. Zillow, Inc., Case No. 3:10-cv-00439 (W.D.N.C.) (represent defendant Zillow in patent litigation).*

  • BodyMedia Inc. v. Basis Science Inc., Case No. 1:12-cv-00133 (D. Del.) (represent defendant wearable technology provider in patent litigation).*

  • eSilicon Corp. v. Silicon Space Tech. Corp., Case No. 3;11-cv-6184(N.D. Cal.) (represent plaintiff chip designer in copyright and trade secret actions in California and Texas).*

  • Cryptography Research, Inc. v. Visa International Service Association, Case No. 5L04-cv-4143 (N.D. Cal.) (represent plaintiff payment security provider in patent and antitrust action).*


* denotes matter while at previous firm.