Patents/Intellectual Property

Susan Freya Olive Olive & Olive PA, Durham

When I realized I would have some spare time as I finished my term as chair of the Board of Law Examiners, I decided that I’d get a dog I could show that would be small enough to travel with me. That’s how we got Besita, a Havana silk puppy. She comes to the office every day. We’ve already got a host of blue ribbons earned at shows from North Carolina to Maryland, but most of all, we’re having a lot of fun.

Vita: Born June 26, 1952, in Durham; bachelor’s from Brown University and law degree from Duke University; husband and three children. Why she chose this field: Whether it’s outdoor lighting fixtures, fishing boats, urinalysis products, genetically modified seeds, pathology equipment, large aquarium pumps, clothing, Web sites or films, there always is something interesting and different to learn. Memorable case: A victory over Electronic Data Systems. We represented a relatively small Virginia manufacturer of power supplies and other electronic equipment. Electronic Data Systems tried to prevent it from registering EDS as its trademark. What she’d be if not a lawyer: A professor. Heroes: My father, who was the first patent attorney in the Research Triangle Park area. His support for racial equality led him to effectively protest segregation in the North Carolina Bar Association. Don’t ask me to: Lie for you, play games with the court or harass the opposing party just because you feel like making them mad.