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. 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. Ann also has significant experience working with clients in the financial services sector. 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. 

Ann was formerly the US Chair and Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Intellectual Property and Technology practice where she was overseeing a number of different areas including trademark, patent, cybersecurity, data privacy, telecommunications, commercial contracts, technology transactions, strategic sourcing, and financial payments and digital. Prior to that role, Ann was the US chair of DLA Piper's Trademark, Copyright and Media practice. Ann is a member of the US Management Team and leads the firm's strategy around clients and sectors. She is a member of DLA Piper's Global Board, the Executive Committee and the firmwide Policy Committee.