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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:
Web:
www.dlapiper.com/en/us/people/f/ford-ann-k/
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Intellectual Property and Technology; Trademark and Copyright; Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Media, Sport and Entertainent; Hospitality and Leisure; Technology; Retail

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

J.D., Duke University School of Law; B.A., Georgetown University


United States: Intellectual property

Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) ‘excels in client service’ and is noted for its ability to ‘coordinate trademark litigation matters across a diverse set of jurisdictions’. In San Francisco, co-head Gina Durham is representing the Estate of Marilyn Monroe in a trademark infringement and false endorsement litigation pending in the Southern District of New York. She is also currently acting for France-based video game maker Gameloft in a claim of copyright infringement filed by Glass Egg Digital Media concerning digital car models. Frank Ryan provides ‘outstanding guidance on trademark-related matters’. He is based in New York and heads the practice with Durham and Ann Ford, who operates from Washington DC.

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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) ‘approaches everything from a business perspective’ and ‘excels in client service’. Ann Ford, valued for the quality of her ‘counsel and business acumen’, coordinates all trademark and other IP-related issues on behalf of CFA Institute. Frank Ryan delivers ‘outstanding guidance’ and heads the group with San Francisco-based Gina Durham and Ford. High-profile clients include Nike, Al Jaazera, ESPN and also Dr Seuss Enterprises, which Ryan Compton advises on prosecution, licensing and enforcement issues. Keith Medansky is a key figure in the Chicago office. Other partners are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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