Ryan C. Arney

Ryan C. Arney

Partner

P: 303.892.7373

F: 303.893.1379

Assistant

Angelica Amaro

P: 303.892.7558

Admitted In

  • Colorado

Ryan Arney represents individual entrepreneurs, start-up, and other private companies, public companies, private equity funds, and other investors. He counsels clients throughout the lifecycle of a business, investment, or project including corporate formation and structuring, equity and debt financings, general corporate and commercial counseling, project development, securities compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings.

In addition, in the intellectual property and technology context, Mr. Arney represents clients in the development, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property assets. He assists clients with the protection of trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, and counsels clients on the development, licensing, and commercialization of software and other technology.

Mr. Arney serves clients in a range of industries, including software, information technology, clean tech, and other technologies, renewable and conventional energy, business and financial services, and private equity and mezzanine funds.

Mr. Arney regularly speaks on intellectual property, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions topics, and guest lectures at the University of Colorado School of Law.

He is a member of the Planning Committee of the 2014 Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute and is a member of the Silicon Flatirons Advisory Board, an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Colorado Law School. Mr. Arney also served as a judge for the Colorado Technology Association’s 2013 APEX Awards.

Mr. Arney was a founding member of the Board of Directors of The Young Fund of The Children’s Hospital Foundation and has served on the Associate Board of the Metro Denver Sports Commission.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Arney was a policy analyst with World Vision.

Education

University of Colorado, J.D., 2000
Vanderbilt University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1996

March 2014

Energy Industry Faces Increased Exposure to Claims by Patent Trolls

A patent-assertion entity (PAE) or non-practicing entity (NPE) is an entity that enforces patent rights against others, but does not itself use the patents for any productive purpose. A perennial adversary of high-tech companies and startups, recent studies looking at the rise in patent litigation reveal that these "patent trolls" are turning their sights increasingly on less traditional technology innovators – including those in the energy industry.

September 2013

USPTO Launches IP Awareness Assessment Tool

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology/Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has rolled out a so-called "IP Awareness Assessment," which is a free, web-based tool designed to help users identify and provide information regarding the users’ intellectual property rights.

July 2013

SEC Approves General Solicitation and Advertising for Accredited Investor-Only Securities Offerings: Excludes

On July 10, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") fulfilled its Congressional mandate by adopting new rules that will dramatically affect the landscape for unregistered securities offerings in the United States. These new rules authorize the use of general advertising and general solicitation methods in accredited investor-only offerings under the newly amended Rule 506. Historically, securities offerings that were not registered with the SEC were uniformly described as "private offerings," because that was their common identifying feature – the securities could not be publicly offered. With the adoption of new Rule 506(c), that common understanding has been eliminated.

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April 2013

Trademark Clearinghouse Goes Live

In anticipation of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) allowing private ownership of a significantly broadened scope of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs), ICANN, on March 26, 2013, launched the Trademark Clearinghouse, which gives holders of verified trademark rights an opportunity to register their marks with the Trademark Clearinghouse before new gTLDs are allowed. Among others, nationally and regionally registered marks from any jurisdiction are eligible for registration with the Trademark Clearinghouse.

January 2007

Davis Graham & Stubbs Names New Partners for 2007

Davis Graham & Stubbs is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys have become partners in the firm, effective January 1, 2007.  The new partners are Ryan Arney, John Elofson and Michelle Shepston.

Davis Graham & Stubbs Names New Partners for 2007

January 2003

Forms 10-K and 10-KSB Update: New Disclosure Obligations and Other Changes

As a result of the SEC’s “enhanced disclosure initiative” and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the SEC has adopted new rules that affect reporting companies’ disclosure and certification obligations in their Forms 10-K or 10-KSB and that establish accelerated deadlines for filing such
forms.

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August 2002

Prohibition on Loans to Directors and Executive Officers: Section 402 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the “Act”), signed into law by President Bush on July 30, 2002, presents sweeping accounting and corporate governance reforms affecting publicly traded and reporting companies. Section 402 of the Act, which is effective as of July 30, 2002 and will be codified as Section 13(k) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”), prohibits certain extensions of credit to directors and officers of publicly traded and reporting companies.

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June 2002

SEC Proposes New Corporate Disclosure Rules

On April 12, 2002, the Securities and Exchange Commission released a series of proposed rule changes that would affect public companies' disclosure obligations in an effort to improve the timeliness and content of information provided to investors. According to the SEC, these rule proposals, which are summarized below, represent only the first phase of the SEC's agenda to improve the current financial and reporting system. These proposals may be fairly viewed as a reaction to the wave of allegations following the collapse of Enron and Global Crossing and alleged irregularities at other troubled public companies.

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February 2002

SEC Proposes New Corporate Disclosure Rules

On February 13, 2002, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it intends to propose substantial changes to the existing rules governing a public company’s disclosure obligations in an effort to improve the timeliness and content of information provided to investors. According to the SEC, these five rule proposals summarized below represent only the first phase of the SEC’s agenda to improve the current financial and reporting system. These proposals may be fairly viewed as a reaction to the wave of allegations following the collapse of Enron and Global Crossing and alleged irregularities at other troubled public companies.

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