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Ryan Abbott

Ryan Abbott, M.D., Esq.

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Veronica Guevara
T: +44 207 936 3538
F: +44 207 936 3325
70 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1EU UK


Ryan Abbott, M.D., Esq. has extensive domestic and international experience in the fields of intellectual property and health care, and offers unique expertise in such matters as biologics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical and life sciences, computer technology and distributed ledger technology.

Dr. Abbott has served as partner at a litigation firm, general counsel of a mid-stage biotechnology company and of counsel at a firm specializing in transactional matters and intellectual property litigation for life science companies. In these capacities, he has been outside and inside counsel for both claimants and respondents. He has also worked as an expert for the European Commission, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Abbott lectures frequently on issues related to artificial intelligence, distributed ledger technologies, and information and communication technology.

Dr. Abbott is a licensed and board-certified physician and patent attorney in the United States (California and New York) and a solicitor (non-practicing) in England and Wales. In addition to serving as a JAMS neutral, he is a WIPO mediator and arbitrator, a CEDR-accredited mediator and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb). He has a reputation for rigorous preparation, engagement and adaptability.

Dr. Abbott is professor of law and health sciences at the University of Surrey School of Law and adjunct assistant professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is a graduate of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Yale Law School.

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial: Breach of contract, breach and dissolutions of partnership and joint venture agreements, licensing agreements, fraud
  • Insurance: Coverage, bad faith, first-party claims
  • Intellectual Property: Patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and confidential information, infringement, misappropriation, validity, license disputes, ownership, regulatory filings, technology transfer
  • Health Care: Federal/state Government and Qui Tam False Claims cases; class actions; employment and other business disputes concerning physician practice breakups; business and employment disputes between physicians and hospitals; IP dispute between university and pharma party; employment claims by pharma sales reps; insurance coverage for malpractice, medical benefits payments and other claims; med mal cases
  • Professional Liability/Medical: Negligence, billing disputes


  • Mediation Provider, UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), June 2019
  • Member, European Commission Expert Working Group on New Technologies Formation, 2018–present
  • Academic College Reviewer, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College, 2017–2020
  • Member, Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, 2014–2016


  • 2018 3rd International Convention on The Economy of Innovation, AIPPI
    Panelist: Traditional Medicine—The Influence of IP on Commercial Use and Economic Aspects
  • 2018 Oxford Faculty of Law                                                                  
    Business Law Workshop
    • Inventive Machines and the Evolving Nature of Innovation
  • 2018 Office of Intellectual Property of the Ministry of Economy, Institute of Intellectual Property Luxembourg    
    Presenter: 11th Annual Luxembourg Intellectual Property Day
    • Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Challenges
  • 2018 Stanford Law School                                                                    
    Presenter: We Robot Conference
    • Everything Is Obvious
    • Should Robots Pay Taxes? Tax Policy in the Age of Automation
  • 2018 King’s Transnational Law Summit                                                 
    Moderator: A World of Risk: Health, Technology and the Human Life
    Panelist: Us and Them: Living With Robots
  • 2018 University of Surrey                                                                     
    Chair: Surrey Workshop on the Regulation of AI
  • 2018 University of San Diego                                                                
    Presenter: PatCon 8: The Annual Patent Conference
    • Everything Is Obvious
  • 2018 King’s College London                                                                  
    Guest Lecturer: Transnational Property
    • Transnational Intellectual Property
  • 2018 ICEVOX                                                                                       
    Presenter: Cybercrime and Security
    • Bitcoin and the Power of Decentralized Prediction Markets
  • 2018 WIPO/Rospatent/Skolkovo                                                           
    Panelist: International Conference on Intellectual Property in the New Technological Order
    • International Protections for Computer-Generated Works
  • 2017 IBC Leal                                                                                       
    Moderator and Panelist: Standards, Patents and Competition Conference
    • Future of Patenting for AI-Created Innovations
  • 2017 CEIPI/WIPO/INPI                                                                         
    Lecturer: Advanced Course on Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Licensing
    • Intellectual Property Management in Traditional Medical Knowledge
  • 2017 Leeds School of Law                                                                     
    Roundtable Participant: Personalized Medicine and the Law
  • 2017 CEIPI/BETA/I3PM Conference                                                       
    Speaker: Intellectual Property and Digitalization: Challenges for Intellectual Property Management
    • Creative Computers and the Future of Patent Law
  • 2017 Florida State University                                                                
    Law 7930: Global Health and Pharmaceutical Regulation
    • Global Regulation of Off-Label Drug Use and Traditional Medicine
  • 2017 Czech Parliament Committee on Health                                        
    Roundtable Presenter
    • U.S. Regulation and Legislation on Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • 2014 UCLA School of Medicine                                                              
    Surgery Grand Rounds
    • California’s Malpractice System: Fair or Failed?
  • 2014 Southwestern Law School                                                            
    • Health Law Panel on the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act
  • 2013 UCLA School of Medicine                                                              
    Lecturer SL608: Health Policy: What Every Physician Needs to Know
    • The Affordable Care Act and the Regulatory Process
    • Medical Malpractice Tort Reform
  • 2013 Quinnipiac Law School                                                                 
    Lecturer: Faculty Development Presentation
    • Hot Issues in Intellectual Property and Public Health


  • Editor, Landslide Magazine, published by the American Bar Association Setion of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL)
  • The Reasonable Robot: Autonomous Machines and the Law, Cambridge University Press (Forthcoming 2019).
  • Managing Disputes in the Life Sciences, Nature Biotechnology (2018).
  • Everything Is Obvious, UCLA. L. Rev. (Forthcoming 2019).
  • “Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Intellectual Property: Protecting Computer-Generated Works in the United Kingdom.” In Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Digital Technologies, Edward Elgar (Tanya Aplin, ed.) (Forthcoming 2019).
  • Should Robots Pay Taxes? Tax Policy in the Age of Automation, 12 Harv. L. & Pol. Rev. 145 (2018).
  • The Reasonable Computer: Disrupting the Paradigm of Tort Liability, 86 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1 (2018)  
  • “The Sentinel Initiative as a Cultural Commons.” In Governing Medical Research Commons, Cambridge University Press (Katherine Strandburg, et al., eds.) (2017).
  • I Think, Therefore I Invent: Creative Computers and the Future of Patent Law, 57 B.C. L. Rev. 1079 (2016).
  • Republished in part: Autonomous Machines and Their Inventions. Mitteilungen, 429-437, 2017.
  • Republished in part: Patenting the Output of Autonomously Inventive Machines. Landslide, 10 (1), 16-22, 2017.
  • “Big Data and Its Use by Artificial Intelligence.” In Big Data Is Not a Monolith, MIT Press (Hamid Ekbia, et al., eds.) (2016).
  • Evidence and Extrapolation: Mechanisms for Regulating Off-Label Uses of Drugs and Devices, 64 Duke L.J. 377 (2014).
  • Republished in part: Can Bayesian Extrapolation Improve FDA Regulation of Off-Label Uses of Drugs and Devices? FDLI's Food and Drug Policy Forum; 4(5), 1-12, 2014. 
  • World Intellectual Property Organization, Documenting Traditional Medical Knowledge (2014).
  • FDA Involvement in Off-Label Use: Debate Between Richard Epstein and Ryan Abbott, 44 Sw. L. Rev. 1 (2014).
  • Redefining Medical Necessity: A Consumer-Driven Solution to the U.S. Health Care Crisis. 47 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 943 (2014).
  • Balancing Access and Innovation in India's Shifting IP Regime, Remarks (2014). 35 Whittier Law Review 341 (2014).
  • Big Data and Pharmacovigilance: Using Healthcare Information Exchanges to Revolutionize Drug Safety, 99 Iowa L. Rev. 225 (2013).
  • Republished in part: Post-Market Drug Regulation in the Age of Big Data: What Path to the Promised Land? FDLI's Food and Drug Policy Forum, 4 (10), 1-14, 2014.
  • Medico-Legal Issues in Cardiology. Cardiol Rev. 2013 Sep-Oct; 21(5):222-8.
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (non-practicing), 2017–present
  • Attorney, California and New York (licensed), 2012–present    
  • Patent Attorney, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2011–present
  • Partner; Brown, Neri, Smith & Khan, LLP; 2016–present
  • General Counsel and Medical Director; Abcentra, LLC; 2014–present
  • Of Counsel, One LLP, 2013–2016
  • Associate Professor, Southwestern Law School, 2012–2016
  • Intern Physician, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, 2011–2012
  • M.D., University of California, San Diego, 2011
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2011
  • Consultant, World Intellectual Property Organization, 2009–2012
  • Consultant, Medicines Transparency Alliance, 2010
  • Consultant, World Health Organization, 2008–2010
  • Consultant, UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, 2006–2010
  • Consultant, Health Research for Action, 2009
  • Summer Associate, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, 2009
  • Summer Intern, World Health Organization, 2008
  • M.T.O.M., Emperor’s College, 2005
  • B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 2005
  • Foreign Language Immersion Program (Mandarin Chinese), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Summer 2002



Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Education Law
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Pharmaceuticals/Mass Tort
  • Professional Liability


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