Margot M. Ryan works with clients across a range of industries – including medical devices, consumer electronics, mechanical, and computer science – to develop comprehensive intellectual property strategies. She helps clients understand their full scope of options – from utility patents to design patents to trademarks to copyrights – and determine the best ways to protect their innovations and assets. Combining her IP law expertise with academic and professional experience in engineering, Ms. Ryan develops tailored strategies to secure intellectual property rights for her clients’ complex systems and technologies.

Clients look to Ms. Ryan for counsel on patent portfolio management and prosecution, as well as trademark and copyright protection. Additionally, she has provided legal opinions on a variety of intellectual property matters, including patentability and infringement analyses, that enable clients to make informed decisions and better manage their risk.

Ms. Ryan represents clients in litigation proceedings involving actions such as patent and trademark infringement, and has drafted and negotiated licenses and other settlement agreements to achieve effective dispute resolutions for her clients.

Prior to joining MBHB, Ms. Ryan worked as a mechanical engineer at a U.S.-based multi-disciplined engineering and environmental services firm. In this role, her responsibilities included interpreting Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) orders in response to the Fukishima nuclear accidents, designing mechanical modifications to support NRC compliance, and developing the computer model of a hydraulic system to determine adequacy of emergency response procedures.

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

    Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering

Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


  • Prosecuted hundreds of patent applications for a variety of high-tech inventions and devices across several countries.
  • Negotiated and prepared licensing deals for early-stage and maturing companies.
  • Negotiated and prepared agreements settling trademark disputes.
  • Conducted freedom to operate and patentability assessments.
  • Successfully secured dismissal of a patent infringement case.
  • Argued and won an appeal before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Published Articles

“What Startups Need to Know About Patent Licensing,” smallbizdaily.com, July 31, 2019.