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.
Ann has extensive experience in working with both mature and emerging companies on developing and strengthening brands in a wide variety of industries. She 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.
In 2011, Ann was appointed vice chair of the DC Bar's Pro Bono Committee. She is the U.S. chair of DLA Piper's Trademark, Copyright and Media practice. She is a member of the Executive Committee as well as a member of DLA Piper's firmwide policy committee. She received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Duke University School of Law.