Principal / Intellectual Property & Business Attorney  Portland, OR

SUSAN FORD

 
 

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Attorney Bio:

Susan Ford is an experienced intellectual property and business litigator, with over 20 years of experience working with businesses of all sizes to resolve legal disputes and avoid future litigation. As a former shareholder at one of Portland’s largest law firms, Susan started Res Nova Law to better serve her clients. Res Nova Law offers its clients Susan’s big firm expertise, while giving them the personalized attention they deserve.

When she's not practicing law, you'll likely find Susan spending time with her two teenagers (and two little dogs), on her road bike in wine country, or reading books about entrepreneurship and law firm management.


EDUCATION:

  • J.D. – Georgetown University
  • M.S. in Foreign Service – Georgetown University
  • B.S. – Northwestern University

 

Published Representative Cases:

  • Ford v. Cascade Health Services, D.Or. 2006
    • Granting summary judgment in favor of defendants on antitrust claims brought by Oregon physician against hospital and anesthesiology clinic after termination of medical directorship and expiration of privileges. (Susan Ford represented the hospital.)
  • Columbia Sportswear North America, Inc. v. Cerf Bros. Bag Co., D.Or. 2007
    • Granting summary judgment against plaintiff/licensor in favor of defendant/licensee on patent infringement counterclaim. (Susan Ford represented the defendant/licensee.)

 

Recent Presentations:

  • IP: Protect Your Unique Ideas and Offerings
    • Pregame PDX (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)

ADMISSIONS:

  • State Courts of Oregon
  • State Courts of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

 

CIVIC & PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT:

  • Oregon Entrepreneurs Network – Service Provider Member (current)
  • Women in Insurance & Financial Services – Member (current)
  • Girls, Inc. – Go-To Girl (2015-present)
  • Oregon Women Lawyers – Member (current)
  • The Link for Women – Member (current)
  • Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon – Board Member (2012-2013)
  • Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery – Board Member & Executive Committee (2005-2009)
  • Bradley-Angle House – Board Member (1997-1999)
  • Oregon Law Foundation – Board Member (2009-2010)
  • Oregon State Bar – Member (current)
    • House of Delegates – Member (current)
    • Leadership College – Fellow (2008)
    • Intellectual Property Section – Executive Committee Member (2008-2010)
    • Computer & Internet Law Section – Executive Committee Member (1999-2001)
  • Multnomah Bar Association: Judicial Screening Committee – Member (current)
  • Federal Bar Association – Member (current)
  • American Bar Association: Intellectual Property Litigation, Trademark, & Copyright Committees – Member (2008-2010)