Vicki A. Ballou

Tonkon Torp LLP
1600 Pioneer Tower
888 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204

PHONE: 503.802.2028
EMAIL: vicki.ballou@tonkon.com
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Vicki has been a lawyer since 1986 and has focused on intellectual property law since 1999. She served as Chair of the Firm's Intellectual Property Group from 2003 until 2010. She works with both technology and traditional manufacturing companies to protect intellectual property and to minimize performance and infringement risks.

 

She guides clients through complex joint IP development, co-ownership and open source code issues. She drafts and negotiates complex patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright licenses, co-branding agreements and performance based service level agreements, as well as global distribution and international sales rep agreements, complex software licenses, software-as-a-service contracts and web development and hosting agreements.  

Representative Clients

 

Climax Portable Machine Tools, Inc.

Climax Portable Machine Tools is an innovative Oregon company that makes powerful, precise, state of the art on-site machining tools. CPMT's customers are the largest companies in the world. Vicki helped CPMT's sales staff streamline their negotiations over terms of sale, thereby helping CPMT shorten negotiations with customers and reduce legal fees.

 

Columbia River Knife and Tool Company

Vicki represents Columbia River Knife and Tool Company in negotiations with the most innovative custom knife makers and designers in the industry, including, Ken Onion and Ryan Glasgow. Vicki recently revamped CRKT's design agreement to simplify it and make it easier to understand.

 

Hood River Distillers, Inc.

Hood River Distillers is the Northwest’s largest and oldest importer, producer, marketer and bottler of distilled spirits, including its most popular brand, Pendleton Whisky. Vicki assists HRD with its inbound and outbound domestic and cross border licensing of PENDLETON - LET 'ER BUCK Canadian whisky.

 

JIA, Inc. dba Jenkon

Jenkon is the world leader in web-based sales force compensation system software for the direct selling industry around the world. Its customers are large, multinational companies whose names everyone recognizes. Vicki helps Jenkon negotiate trade secret and other intellectual property ownership protections and risk allocation issues.

 

Key Technology, Inc.

Key Technology designs, manufactures and markets process automation systems with technology that integrates automated optical inspection systems, specialized conveyor systems, and processing/preparation systems, as well as research, development, and world-class engineering. Its customers are some of the world's largest fruit, vegetables, potatoes, snacks, cereals, meat, tobacco, pet food, plastics, and pharmaceutical/nutraceutical companies. Vicki works with in-house counsel on major customer contracts and negotiations.

 

M Financial Holdings Incorporated

M Financial is a nationwide organization of independent insurance, investment and executive benefits firms serving the needs of ultra-affluent individuals and Fortune 1000 companies. M Financial asked Vicki to develop templates by which M Financial would sublicense software and web-based services to M Financial's member firms.

 

NIKE, Inc.

NIKE is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Vicki was selected in a competitive process to oversee creation of a standardized legal clause library, as well as templates for a Master Software License Agreement, Master Professional Services Agreement, and Trademark License Agreement. Vicki also works with NIKE's in-house lawyers on various projects.

 

Nomadix, Inc.

Nomadix, the leading provider of network gateway devices, is one of the world’s largest hotel technology service providers, delivering reliable and secure broadband high speed Internet access, interactive TV and in-room entertainment solutions. Nomadix's parent company, DOCOMO interTouch, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO, a global leader in mobile telecommunications technologies. With more than 54 million customers in Japan, NTT DOCOMO is one of the world's largest mobile communications operators. Vicki works with Nomadix's in-house counsel on distribution and supply agreements.

 

Samson Sports

Samson Sports makes premium wakeboard towers and boating accessories. Vicki helps Samson Sports protect its trademarks and patented technology.

 

Shedrain Corporation

Shedrain is the most knowledgeable, diversified umbrella company in the United States. It is known for its innovation, fashion design and quality. When Shedrain wanted to hire a famous Chinese designer, Vicki drafted and negotiated that contract. She also helped Shedrain create its international distributor agreement template.



         

Vicki has been a lawyer since 1986 and has focused on intellectual property law since 1999. She served as Chair of the Firm's Intellectual Property Group from 2003 until 2010. She works with both technology and traditional manufacturing companies to protect intellectual property and to minimize performance and infringement risks.

 

She guides clients through complex joint IP development, co-ownership and open source code issues. She drafts and negotiates complex patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright licenses, co-branding agreements and performance based service level agreements, as well as global distribution and international sales rep agreements, complex software licenses, software-as-a-service contracts and web development and hosting agreements.  

Representative Clients

 

Climax Portable Machine Tools, Inc.

Climax Portable Machine Tools is an innovative Oregon company that makes powerful, precise, state of the art on-site machining tools. CPMT's customers are the largest companies in the world. Vicki helped CPMT's sales staff streamline their negotiations over terms of sale, thereby helping CPMT shorten negotiations with customers and reduce legal fees.

 

Columbia River Knife and Tool Company

Vicki represents Columbia River Knife and Tool Company in negotiations with the most innovative custom knife makers and designers in the industry, including, Ken Onion and Ryan Glasgow. Vicki recently revamped CRKT's design agreement to simplify it and make it easier to understand.

 

Hood River Distillers, Inc.

Hood River Distillers is the Northwest’s largest and oldest importer, producer, marketer and bottler of distilled spirits, including its most popular brand, Pendleton Whisky. Vicki assists HRD with its inbound and outbound domestic and cross border licensing of PENDLETON - LET 'ER BUCK Canadian whisky.

 

JIA, Inc. dba Jenkon

Jenkon is the world leader in web-based sales force compensation system software for the direct selling industry around the world. Its customers are large, multinational companies whose names everyone recognizes. Vicki helps Jenkon negotiate trade secret and other intellectual property ownership protections and risk allocation issues.

 

Key Technology, Inc.

Key Technology designs, manufactures and markets process automation systems with technology that integrates automated optical inspection systems, specialized conveyor systems, and processing/preparation systems, as well as research, development, and world-class engineering. Its customers are some of the world's largest fruit, vegetables, potatoes, snacks, cereals, meat, tobacco, pet food, plastics, and pharmaceutical/nutraceutical companies. Vicki works with in-house counsel on major customer contracts and negotiations.

 

M Financial Holdings Incorporated

M Financial is a nationwide organization of independent insurance, investment and executive benefits firms serving the needs of ultra-affluent individuals and Fortune 1000 companies. M Financial asked Vicki to develop templates by which M Financial would sublicense software and web-based services to M Financial's member firms.

 

NIKE, Inc.

NIKE is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Vicki was selected in a competitive process to oversee creation of a standardized legal clause library, as well as templates for a Master Software License Agreement, Master Professional Services Agreement, and Trademark License Agreement. Vicki also works with NIKE's in-house lawyers on various projects.

 

Nomadix, Inc.

Nomadix, the leading provider of network gateway devices, is one of the world’s largest hotel technology service providers, delivering reliable and secure broadband high speed Internet access, interactive TV and in-room entertainment solutions. Nomadix's parent company, DOCOMO interTouch, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO, a global leader in mobile telecommunications technologies. With more than 54 million customers in Japan, NTT DOCOMO is one of the world's largest mobile communications operators. Vicki works with Nomadix's in-house counsel on distribution and supply agreements.

 

Samson Sports

Samson Sports makes premium wakeboard towers and boating accessories. Vicki helps Samson Sports protect its trademarks and patented technology.

 

Shedrain Corporation

Shedrain is the most knowledgeable, diversified umbrella company in the United States. It is known for its innovation, fashion design and quality. When Shedrain wanted to hire a famous Chinese designer, Vicki drafted and negotiated that contract. She also helped Shedrain create its international distributor agreement template.



         

Parkinson Resources of Oregon

Board Member, Oregon Chapter of the NPF

(2011-present)

 

Changing Lives Forever Program/Youth Rights and Justice

Pro Bono Attorney and Volunteer

(2011-present)

 

Marathon Education Partners

(2009-present)

Bridge City Community Church Board of Trustees

President (1999-2004, 2011-2013)

Oregon State Bar Business Section

Executive Committee – Member (2006)

 

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

Corporate Secretary and Board Member (2000-2005)

 

Mt. Hood Community Mental Health Board

Member (1993-1997)

Vicki, her husband Norm, and their yellow lab B.J., live in Banks, Oregon, on property at the foothills of the Oregon coast range. Vicki and her husband have two children. Julie is a detective for the Vancouver Police Department. Matt owns a mold remediation and prevention business.

 

Vicki loves to fly fish on the Big Horn River in southeast Montana.