Res Nova Law
Res Nova Law
Intellectual Property & Business Solutions for Creatives & Entrepreneurs

Welcome to Res Nova Law

Intellectual Property & Business Solutions

For Innovative Companies & Entrepreneurs

Based in Beautiful Portland, Oregon

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"REs Nova" [rez 'noh-vuh]

Origin: Latin | Meaning: New Thing

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 modern and tech-savvy intellectual property and business law firm based in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with over 60 years of combined experience serving innovative companies and entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest. 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.




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 methods used in production; 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.

Startups  Contracts  Financing Licensing & More


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 advise you can help preserve your business’s legal rights, help your business run more smoothly and efficiently, and avoid potential litigation.

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Meet Our Team:

Our attorneys and staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and offer legal services across all areas of intellectual property and business law. Additionally, as a woman-owned and minority business, diversity and inclusion are incredibly important to us. We take great pride in supporting and elevating the businesses of all our clients, regardless of race, gender, class, nationality, ability, and sexual orientation. We're also committed to empowering our local community through volunteerism and pro bono work.


Ready to get in touch about your intellectual property or business matter?

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A few of our satisfied clients:


Our ClientS SaY:

I am so pleased with the experience I had with Res Nova Law to secure a registered trademark and copyright protection for my intellectual property. This is the third time I’ve been through this process, and this time was completely different in a very positive way. Susan and her team, Jia and Winston, were proactive in their research, moved things along quickly and were fantastic editors and advisors for me on content. 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
I have known Susan for nearly 5 years. During the past 6 months, she has had to handle several complicated business matters that were critical to me staying in business. Susan delivered results that allowed me to continue operating my small business. She responded quickly to every question I had. 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
My consultation with Susan Ford helped me to navigate the legal issues I was facing while making a documentary. 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

Get in Touch:

Have a legal question, conundrum, or exciting new project? Tell us a bit about your situation—just fill out the below form, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Or, you can go ahead and schedule an appointment with us right away.

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Our Office:

1455 NW Irving Street, Suite 200
Portland, OR 97209

(971) 247-4023


We're in the Wacom Building, located in the Pearl District.