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Susan L. Ford

Shareholder
 
Practice Areas
  • Business Law and Litigation
  • Business Formation and Governance
  • 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, serving on the Advisory Board of Girls, Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, 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.  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

  • Oregon Entrepreneurs Network – Service Provider Member 
  • Girls, Inc. – Go-To Girl (2015-present)
  • Oregon Women Lawyers 

Awards and Honors

  • Georgetown Univerisity, Ford Foundation Fellow in International Studies to the United Nations

Publications

Articles

Presentations

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

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