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Ryan W. McBride

is an Associate in the Orange County, CA office of Knobbe Martens. She provides strategic counseling on brand development and protection for clients in a variety of industries. Ryan’s practice includes trademark selection and clearance; opposition and cancellation matters in front of the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and abroad; trademark and copyright licensing; copyright registration and enforcement; unfair competition; domain name disputes; and data privacy and security creation and compliance.

Recent Articles by Ryan W. McBride

Non-Fungible Tokens Force a Copyright Reckoning

From the advent of the internet, digital commodities and technologies have ceaselessly presented new hurdles for intellectual property (IP) owners and protectors. The cycle of copyright law trying, and generally failing, to adapt and keep pace with emerging technology has meant copyright stakeholders have been always at a disadvantage because legal enforcement lagged so far behind innovative infringement. But during a year in which vast swaths of life moved online, the internet has forged and driven to prominence a powerful new tool for protecting copyright owners’ unique assets: the non-fungible token (NFT).