Ryan Sanders is a member of the Technology Transactions Practice and advises technology clients on intellectual property and commercial transactions.

Mr. Sanders counsels public and private companies at all stages of their lifecycles on:

  • Joint ventures and the joint development of technology
  • The structuring, drafting, and negotiation of technology-related commercial agreements, including:
    • Development and collaboration agreements
    • Manufacturing, supply, and distribution agreements
    • Technology and intellectual property licensing, transfer, and service agreements
  • Intellectual property strategy, including open source counseling and patent, copyright, and trademark matters

Mr. Sanders also regularly counsels public and private companies and financial institutions on intellectual property, technology, and commercial contract aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including cross-border transactions and complex carve-outs.

Mr. Sanders represents clients in a wide range of sectors, including artificial intelligence solutions, semiconductor design and manufacture, clean and green energy, Web3, software-as-a-service, and video gaming.

Mr. Sanders’ pro bono practice includes representing small business clients and diverse entrepreneurs from underrepresented background in connection with intellectual property and commercial contract issues related to their businesses.

Mr. Sanders’ experience includes advising:

  • Intuit in its US$12 billion acquisition of Mailchimp, a global customer engagement and marketing platform for small and mid-market businesses
  • Evernote, a personal productivity application developer, in its sale to Bending Spoons, a technology development company
  • London Stock Exchange Group in its US$1.1 billion divestiture of BETA+ to Clearlake Capital Group and Motive Partners
  • Cloudways, a Malta-based cloud hosting and SaaS provider, in its US$350 million sale to DigitalOcean
  • Silicon Motion Technology, a Taiwan-based developer of NAND flash controllers for solid state devices, in its US$3.8 billion take-private sale to MaxLinear
  • SMART Global Holdings in its US$225 million acquisition of Stratus Technologies, a provider of data center and edge computing solutions
  • SMART Global Holdings in the US$166 million sale of its Brazil-based subsidiary that manufactures and assembles test modules for electronics manufacturers
  • Tower Semiconductor, an Israel-based analog integrated circuit manufacturer and technology provider, in its US$5.9 billion sale to Intel
  • NVIDIA in its US$41 million acquisition of Oski Technology, a provider of formal verification services
  • Dbt Labs, a data transform platform developer for raw data repositories, in its strategic acquisition of Transform Data, a developer of semantic tools for data transformation
  • Chevron USA in the negotiation of its US$1.2 billion joint venture with Bunge North America, an agribusiness and food ingredient company, to create renewable feedstocks
  • Occidental Petroleum in its US$1.1 billion purchase of Carbon Engineering, a developer of direct air capture technology for carbon dioxide
  • An emerging robotics company in the negotiation of custom development work
  • An American electric vehicle automaker and automotive technology company, on various intellectual property and commercial issues
  • A logistics and technology company in connection with its joint development work with a developer of autonomous vehicle technology
  • An American media company in the negotiation of content licenses and development agreements in connection with the development of various video games
  • Savvy Games Group in its US$4.9 billion acquisition of Scopely, a video game developer and publisher

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • US Patent and Trademark Office


  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2019
    magna cum laude
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014
  • BS in Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009