Ryan Furtado, Associate

Patent lawyer with an engineering background and a knack for translating the complex

An engineer-turned-attorney in the firm’s San Diego office, Ryan helps clients protect intellectual property including complex hardware, telecommunications, clean technologies, artificial intelligence, machine learning, automated and electric vehicle systems, and more. He works alongside inventors and companies pioneering the high-tech frontier, drafting and prosecuting their patent applications before the USPTO and in foreign jurisdictions. Ryan’s experience also includes prosecuting trademark and design patent applications, as well as negotiating contracts regarding ownership, transfer and licensing of IP rights and assets, and assisting with due diligence during IP valuation and acquisitions.

Prior to his legal career, Ryan was a senior electrical engineer supervising multimillion-dollar industrial automation installations for a variety of industries. In that role, he designed packaging systems and associated control and power distribution systems, while also managing client relationships throughout all phases of a project. Ryan authored numerous technical manuals for these systems, translating complex material into accessible language for production line operators. He carries that skill into his legal practice, distilling complex concepts into effective, easy-to-understand statements and arguments to protect his client’s IP.

Approachable, diligent and “in tune” with his clients

Ryan prioritizes open communication and doesn’t keep clients guessing on a project’s latest status. He always takes a comprehensive and unassuming approach to his work, asking the necessary questions to ensure a job is done right. And Ryan values doing good, too. He’s volunteered his IP law services for a patent-seeking elementary school and has represented asylum-seeking immigrants pro bono.

Ryan graduated from the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as staff editor of its Global Studies Law Review and was a member of the Intellectual Property and Nonprofit Organizations Legal Clinic. He earned two engineering degrees from the University of Missouri. A music lover, Ryan plays the violin and piano, and enjoys spending free time on the tennis court, reading and playing with his young children.

Practice Areas


  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2013
  • B.S., Computer Engineering, University of Missouri, 2005
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri, 2005

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

  • Licensing Executives Society (LES) International
  • San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association