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DLA Piper LLP (US)

500 EIGHTH STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20004, USA
Tel:
Work +1 202 799 4000
Fax:
Fax +1 202 799 5000
Web:
www.dlapiper.com

Ann Ford

Tel:
Work +1 202 799 4140
Email:
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Intellectual Property and Trademark

Position

Partner; Global Co-Head of Sectors; US Head of Sectors, Co-Chair, US Intellectual Property and Technology Group 

Career

Ann Ford advises clients with respect to business and transactional aspects of intellectual property, as well as litigation and pre-litigation protective measures. She works with clients to acquire, develop and exploit intellectual property assets and has specific experience in restructuring intellectual property assets for tax planning and developing joint venture arrangements to support co-branding efforts. She has extensive experience in working with both mature and emerging companies on developing and strengthening brands in a wide variety of industries. Ann utilizes her background in communications and media law, and experience in the retail and fashion sectors, to counsel clients on the specialized and unique issues faced by those industries. She advises clients on the use of other intellectual property and conducts compliance programs for businesses on their use of copyrighted material. She also protects clients' intellectual property through the courts, agencies and uniform dispute resolution procedures.

Member

International Trademark Association

Education

JD, Duke University School of Law; BA, Georgetown University


United States: Intellectual property

Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

The ‘outstanding’ practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) covers a broad range of sectors, including technology and consumer goods, and has seen an increase in media and entertainment clients following its merger with Liner LLP. San Francisco-based group head Gina Durham as well as Frank Ryan and Tamar Duvdevani in New York have been acting for Nike in an infringement suit brought by Why Not Apparel regarding certain Nike products. Duvdevani has also been representing the estate of Marilyn Monroe in an infringement claim under the Lanham Act brought against a merchandiser. The practice includes Ann Ford, who is co-head of the wider IP and technology department.

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

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Ann Ford - DLA Piper LLP (US)

Within: Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘efficient’ and ‘outstanding’ team has considerably strengthened its entertainment offering following its merger with boutique firm Liner. Well-regarded group head Ann Ford continues to lead advice to Dannon on domestic matters, including trademark filing, clearance, registration and prosecution. Of counsel Ryan Compton has been leading advice to long-term client Dr Seuss Enterprises in various trademark matters, including prosecution and enforcement. The team, which includes Mark Feldman and Keith Medansky in Chicago, was strengthened by the arrival of Douglas Emhoff from Venable LLP. Named partners are based in Washington DC, unless indicated otherwise.

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