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Susan L. Ford

Shareholder
 
Practice Areas
  • Business Disputes
  • Business Formation and Governance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property

About

Susan Ford is an intellectual property and business litigator with over 20 years of experience assisting businesses of all sizes.  A former shareholder at one of Portland's largest law firms, she most recently served as founder and principal of a boutique litigation and intellectual property firm.  This unique combination allows her to offer clients big firm know-how complemented by personalized focus. 

Susan works closely with her clients to resolve legal disputes and avoid future litigation.  Her experience includes complex business and IP litigation, including matters relating to business contract and shareholder disputes, trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets.  She also regularly provides advice and counseling relating to business formation and governance, e-commerce, entertainment, and online defamation issues.  In addition, she prosecutes trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and copyright applications before the U.S. Copyright Office. 

Susan is an active member of her community as a service provider member to Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, and as a member of Leaders and Executives Across Professions, and Oregon Women Lawyers. Susan is also a member of Jordan Ramis PC’s Diversity Committee.  She is admitted to practice in both Oregon and Washington, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the District of Oregon and the Western District of Washington.  Susan is currently on the Oregon State Bar Business Litigation Section Executive Committee. She also appears before the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
 
When not practicing law, you can find Susan enjoying time with her teenagers and dogs, road biking through Oregon's wine country, or reading a good book. 

Education & Admissions

Education:
  • J.D., Georgetown University
  • M.S., Georgetown University
  • B.S., Northwestern University
Admissions:
  • State of Oregon
  • State of Washington
  • U.S. District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Certifications

Memberships & Activities

  • Current
  • Oregon State Bar Business Litigation Executive Committee (2019 to present)
  • Oregon Entrepreneurs Network – Service Provider Member (2016 to present)
  • Leaders and Executives Across Professions (LEAP)(2018 to present)
  • Oregon Women Lawyers (1997 to present)
  • Former
  • Oregon State Bar House of Delegates (2016 to 2019)
  • Girls, Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, Go-To Girls (2013 to 2019)
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association: Judicial Screening Committee (2013-2016)
  • Board Member, Oregon Law Foundation (2009-2010)
  • Member, Executive Committee, Intellectual Property Section of the Oregon State Bar (2008-2010)
  • Member, Executive Committee, Computer & Internet Law Section of the Oregon State Bar (1999- 2001
  • Fellow, Oregon State Bar Leadership College (2008)
  • Member, ABA, Intellectual Property Litigation, Trademark, and Copyright Committees (2008-2010)
  • Board Member/ Events Director, Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon (October 2012 to September 2013)
  • Board Member and Executive Committee, Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery (2005 to 2009)
  • Board Member, Bradley-Angle House (1997-1999)

Awards and Honors

  • Ford Foundational Fellow in International Law at the United Nations

Publications

Articles

Presentations

  • Panel Presentation, Small Business Service Luncheon, November 2019​​​​​​
  • “Cyber Security and Intellectual Property,” ISACA, May 2019
  • "Intellectual Property in the Era of Machine Learning," Oregon State Bar Technology Section, April 2019
  • "Contract Law and Intellectual Property Bootcamp for Interior Designers," Interior Design Society Portland, June 12, 2018
  • "Intellectual Property Bootcamp for Business Lawyers," OSB Intellectual Property Section, March 7, 2018
  • "Trademark Litigation: Tricks and Traps in Federal Court and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board," Multnomah Bar Association, December 14, 2017
  • "Essential Contracts," Pregame, December 11, 2017
  • "Protect Your Unique Ideas and Offerings," Pregame, June 8, 2017
  • "Let's Talk About Butts: A Conversation on Copying," Design Week Portland, April 28, 2017
  • "IP Basics for Small Business Owners," Mercy Corps NW, April 19, 2017
  • "Patents and Copyrights and Trademarks, oh my!" Portland Radio Project 99.1 FM Biz503, April 24, 2017
  • "Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property Claims," 2016

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    Client Raves

    "A business dispute involving patents can be scary because it’s your livelihood. Susan understands that she’s working with people whose business is dependent upon a solid understanding of intellectual property law. She takes her clients seriously and takes the time to understand what they are going through. She not only provided me with a positive outcome, I now have a lawyer I can pick up the phone and call for my future business needs."
    — Tom Cornelius, Secure Controls Framework