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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Ryan Compton

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Intellectual Property and Technology


Of Counsel


Ryan has experience in copyright counseling and develops enforcement and registration strategies for creative properties, software, and online databases, performs copyright compliance audits, and consults clients on Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) issues. He has participated in the Copyright Office’s multi-stakeholder DMCA notice and takedown working group and other rule-making activities. 

Ryan counsels clients on online intellectual property protection, including online trademark and copyright enforcement, domain name portfolio management (including generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) rollout issues), fraud investigations, defamation claims, and domain name disputes. He has investigated and executed enforcement programs against content scraping, software piracy, beta-tester non-disclosure agreement violations, infringement in mobile application software, “gold-farming” and other online fraud.

Ryan manages trademark and copyright portfolios which range from small startups to large-scale mature entities, including some of the world’s most well-known brands, in over 100 countries.  He assists in litigation matters before the federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and manages a large number of multi-jurisdictional IP enforcement matters around the world. In addition, he is experienced in trademark selection, adoption and use of trademarks, domestic and global trademark prosecution and enforcement.

Ryan is a strong advocate of pro bono work and serves on the boards of the Community Economic Development Project of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center and Critical Exposure (


JD, Emory University School of Law; BS, Vanderbilt University

United States: Intellectual property

Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Within: Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘efficient’ and ‘outstanding’ team has considerably strengthened its entertainment offering following its merger with boutique firm Liner. Well-regarded group head Ann Ford continues to lead advice to Dannon on domestic matters, including trademark filing, clearance, registration and prosecution. Of counsel Ryan Compton has been leading advice to long-term client Dr Seuss Enterprises in various trademark matters, including prosecution and enforcement. The team, which includes Mark Feldman and Keith Medansky in Chicago, was strengthened by the arrival of Douglas Emhoff from Venable LLP. Named partners are based in Washington DC, unless indicated otherwise.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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