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November 23, 2010 Published in Courts & Crime

U.S. Attorney Adds Two Prosecutors to Cyber Unit

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has hired Lindsay A. Kelly and Ryan K. Dickey to be Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Cyber Unit for the Alexandria Division.

“Piracy is stealing, plain and simple,” said MacBride. “Among America’s greatest natural resources is its intellectual property, and its theft costs U.S. jobs and tax revenues. Lindsay and Ryan have the IP background we need to aggressively go after criminals who profit from stealing from the hard work of American inventors, authors and artists.”

On Feb. 12, 2010, the Attorney General announced the formation of a new Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property as part of a Department-wide initiative to confront the growing number of domestic and international intellectual property crimes. Included in the Department’s push to increase enforcement in this area is funding for additional prosecutors. Because of its established expertise in prosecuting intellectual property offenses, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia was selected to receive additional funds to increase its cyber unit and bring more cases in this area.

A former associate at the Washington, D.C., office of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans, & Figel, PLLC, Kelly handled complex civil litigation – including intellectual property matters. She clerked for the Honorable Paul R. Michel, the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and is admitted to the bar for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Kelly received her juris doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School, her master of business administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and bachelors’ degrees in biology and history from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dickey was an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP in Washington, D.C., where he handled patent claims, administrative appeals, and other intellectual property matters. He clerked for the Honorable Helen W. Gillmor in the District of Hawaii prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He is also admitted to the bar for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dickey received his juris doctorate from Boston University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Virginia.