Eckert Seamans deepens IP practice with addition of Thomas M. Haas and John W. Ryan to Washington office

Eckert Seamans is pleased to welcome attorneys Thomas M. Haas and John W. Ryan as members of its Washington office and Intellectual Property and Life Sciences practices.

“Tom and John are exceptional additions to the firm’s already considerable, national intellectual property practice, with impressive technical backgrounds in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech, and life sciences sectors,” said Edward J. Longosz, II, member-in-charge of Eckert Seamans’ Washington office. “Bringing in such a deeply credentialed and highly regarded team of IP lawyers perfectly complements our evolving practices and the needs of our clients in the Washington office.”

About Thomas M. Haas
Thomas M. Haas provides a full range of intellectual property services, including preparing and prosecuting patent applications, patent portfolio management, patent litigation, merger and acquisition due diligence, infringement and validity studies, freedom to operate studies, licensing, and drafting material transfer and confidentiality agreements. He has experience with a broad range of sciences and technologies including biotechnology, medical devices, software, pharmaceuticals, therapeutic polypeptides, microbiology, antibody engineering, molecular biology techniques and methods, cell and tissue culture, genetic analysis, genetically engineered organisms, biofuels, pest-resistant plants, herbicide-resistant plants, inbred and hybrid crop plants, plant varieties, herbicidal compositions, insecticidal compositions, plant breeding, plant husbandry methods, diagnostic methods, bioinformatics, bacterial isolation, bacterial compositions, herbal compositions, proteins, protein purification, drug delivery compositions, surgical methods, dental devices, mechanical devices, electronic devices, telecommunications, business methods, and automobile parts.

Previously, Haas worked as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined biotechnology patent applications with a focus on genetically engineered plants, plant genes, molecular biology, and microbiology.

Haas earned his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 2002, his M.S. in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University in 1995, and his B.A. in biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 1992.

About John W. Ryan
John W. Ryan is a registered patent attorney with more than 25 years of experience in handling matters involving litigation, due diligence, licensing, opinion work (e.g., infringement, validity, and freedom-to-operate opinions) portfolio management, and patent preparation and prosecution. He has worked in a wide variety of technical disciplines including chemistry, biotechnology, medical device, biologics, in-vitro diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, catalytic antibodies and antibody engineering, antibiotics, veterinary compounds, genetics, protein/proteomics, drug delivery, vaccines, dental and aerospace adhesives, dental and surgical devices, automotive devices, telecommunication, and electronic devices and computers.

Early in his career, Ryan was an adjunct professor at Albany Law School and taught courses on the licensing of intellectual property. Ryan has also practiced as an in-house attorney for six years as the vice president and chief patent counsel for an international diagnostic company.

Ryan has also served since 2010 on the Planning Committee for the annual Advanced Patent Law Institute with conferences held every year at the USPTO. In addition, Ryan was selected for inclusion in Chambers USA for his work in intellectual property litigation in Washington (2012-2016) and for his work in intellectual property in Washington (2008-2012). Ryan was also selected for inclusion in Washington D.C. Super Lawyers (2013-2017).

Ryan earned his LL.M. from George Washington University Law School in 1988, his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 1985, and his B.A. from Bucknell University in 1981.