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Ryan D. Sharp is a registered patent attorney concentrating in intellectual property counseling. He focuses on U.S. and international patent procurement and strategy in a wide range of industries in technical fields including computer hardware and software, mechanical devices, electro-mechanical devices, medical devices, and industrial systems.

Ryan’s experience includes managing patent portfolios and procuring patents in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Korea, Japan, and Mexico. Ryan counsels U.S. and international corporations, including multinationals, startups, and individual inventors.


  • Worldwide patent portfolio management, counseling, and patent procurement
  • Patent due diligence including operability, infringement, and invalidity reviews
  • Subject matter patent eligibility
  • Technical areas of focus:
    • Computer hardware and software
    • eCommerce
    • Commercial and residential heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR)
    • Industrial control systems
    • Medical devices
    • Manufacturing systems and devices


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine, "IAM Patent 1000," 2024
  • Listed, Minnesota Monthly, "Top Lawyers in Minnesota," 2023
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Intellectual Property Law, 2022-2024
  • Listed, Minnesota State Bar Association, “North Star Lawyer,” 2020
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Volunteer Attorney, LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program, 2016-Present
  • Diversity Director, Notre Dame Club of Minnesota, 2018-2019


  • J.D., cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law
    • Managing Editor, Cybaris®
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office