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Ryan Compton

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Intellectual Property and Technology; Trademark and Copyright; Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate; Media, Sport and Entertainment


Of Counsel


Ryan Compton is Of Counsel in the Intellectual Property and Technology practice group at DLA Piper LLP (US) in Washington, D.C., where he is also a member of the Technology and Sports, Media, and Entertainment Sectors.

Ryan’s trademark experience encompasses trademark counseling, with an emphasis on complex intellectual property licensing, including the design and implementation of intercompany license structures, and multi-jurisdictional trademark portfolio management. He frequently advises clients on brand development and the intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions including due diligence and agreement drafting.

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.



International Trademark Association


J.D., Emory University School of Law; B.S., 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) ‘approaches everything from a business perspective’ and ‘excels in client service’. Ann Ford, valued for the quality of her ‘counsel and business acumen’, coordinates all trademark and other IP-related issues on behalf of CFA Institute. Frank Ryan delivers ‘outstanding guidance’ and heads the group with San Francisco-based Gina Durham and Ford. High-profile clients include Nike, Al Jaazera, ESPN and also Dr Seuss Enterprises, which Ryan Compton advises on prosecution, licensing and enforcement issues. Keith Medansky is a key figure in the Chicago office. Other partners are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

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