Ryan Black

Ryan Black

Ryan Black

Partner, McMillan

Ryan practises technology-related business law, and is a member of the Technology, Intellectual Property and Privacy group as well as Co-Chair, Information Technology, at McMillan’s Vancouver office.

Ryan has extensive intellectual property and information technology experience combined with a background in corporate matters, including experience in mergers and acquisitions, technology outsourcing, service provisioning, venture capital funding, high-technology employment, licensing and commercial contracting.

Generally, he regularly assists clients in acquiring, selling or commercializing technologies, whether it is negotiating or drafting a term sheet or contract, strategizing with management, closing a deal, or dealing with contractual issues or disputes. Ryan works with companies across Canada and internationally who are systems integrators, consultants, developers, retailers, publishers and service providers, particularly in the software, information technology and video game industries.

As a former software and Internet developer, Ryan has a unique insight to emerging technology matters important to today’s businesses, such as cybersecurity, blockchain technologies, open source software, cloud computing, and social media. Ryan is a frequent speaker and presenter on a wide variety of legal matters including Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL), technology law and intellectual property issues, and also is the co-author of “Internet Law Essentials : Canada’s Anti-Spam Law” published by Specialty Technical Publishers.  Ryan recently authoring the 2017 update to that CASL book, focusing on CASL compliance.

Ryan also delivers practical advice on protecting the valuable information they hold, such as: protecting trade secrets or other intellectual property; responding to cybersecurity, ransomware or cyber-extortion threats; complying with privacy and other regulatory regimes, or industry standards bodies, regarding sensitive or personal information; and developing internal and external policies, training and compliance programs relating to these topics.  Ryan leverages this experience in acting as McMillan’s Chief Technology Partner, sitting on its Information Security Governance Committee.

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