Res Nova Law
Res Nova Law
Intellectual Property & Business Solutions for Innovative Companies & Entrepreneurs | Experienced Portland Attorneys

Breaking new ground…


We are pleased to announce that firm principal Susan Ford has joined Jordan Ramis PC as a shareholder. Susan will continue to help our business and intellectual property clients maximize opportunities, resolve disputes, and avoid future litigation. She is committed to continuing to support our clients in the same approachable and affordable manner that has distinguished Res Nova Law.

Please contact her at or at 503-598-7070


Welcome to Res Nova* Law.

At Res Nova Law, we aim to be as innovative and entrepreneurial as our clients are, and that's why we call ourselves the "new thing." We’re a boutique intellectual property and business litigation firm based in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with over 70 years of combined experience serving innovative companies and entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest and worldwide. We represent businesses of all types and sizes, including creatives, startups, midsize, and quickly growing companies.

Although each situation is unique, our focus is always on our clients’ most important business goals.


*Pronunciation: rez 'noh-vuh  |  Origin: Latin  |  Definition: new thing


Practice Areas


Patents • Trademarks • Copyrights • Trade Secrets

Intellectual Property.

Just like real property and personal property, the legal system protects “intellectual” property. This includes inventions; business names and branding; secret formulas, processes, and production methods; and creative works such as illustrations, songs, photographs, poems, and sculptures. Our experienced intellectual property attorneys can help identify, manage, and protect your business's intellectual property assets; and enforce your intellectual property rights against infringers.

Learn more about intellectual property law.

Contracts • Licensing • Transactions • Litigation


Our extensive experience includes drafting and negotiating contracts for businesses of all types and sizes, including intellectual property assignment and licensing agreements, independent contractor agreements, supplier agreements, and much more. Very often, the best strategy is simply to prevent litigation. Having experienced business lawyers on your team can help you preserve your legal rights, run your business more smoothly and efficiently, and avoid potential litigation.

Learn more about business law.


Our Services


We practice both intellectual property and business law because these two areas are very much intertwined. After all, your intellectual property is one of your most valuable business assets. For example, your inventions (i.e., patents) can give your business a monopoly for a limited time; your branding (i.e., trademarks) sets your business apart in the marketplace; your creative assets (i.e., copyrights) generate value for your business; and your proprietary information (e.g., trade secrets) gives your business an edge against competitors. In addition to intellectual property, we'll help you protect your business interests throughout each stage of business growth—whether that entails forming or dissolving business entities, drafting or negotiating contracts, resolving business disputes, or all of the above.



Protect your new and useful inventions, including methods, devices, plants, designs, and software.


Protect your branding, including business and product names, designs, slogans, and logos.


Protect your creative works, including songs, illustrations, photographs, literature, and more.

Trade Secrets.

Protect your proprietary information, including secret methods, formulas, and discoveries.



Start, run, and grow your business as smoothly and profitably as possible. Or, devise a smart exit strategy.


Know, protect, and enforce your rights when it comes to music, publishing, media, and the arts.


Resolve your intellectual property and business disputes efficiently, economically, and strategically.



Not sure what you need?

Give us a call at 503-598-7070. If we can't help with your legal issue, we'll refer you to someone who can.


Susan Ford

Principal / Attorney


Some of Our Happy Clients


Our Clients Say

When the experience is exceptional and rates are reasonable, you want to have a long term professional relationship with a firm like Res Nova Law.
— Linda S., Author & Consultant
Susan delivered results that allowed me to continue operating my small business. She has a sharp mind with over 20 years of experience that shows in her work. I can’t recommend working with her enough!
— Tamara Y., Business Owner
Moving ahead, I have every intention of working with Susan again. She is a consummate professional, and truly kind person as well.
— Jen T., Documentary Filmmaker
Exactly what I was looking for. Love my lawyer!
— Erica V., Business Owner