Vedia Jones-Richardson is an attorney with Olive and Olive, PA, an Intellectual Property Law firm in Durham, North Carolina, with a practice emphasizing trademark, copyright and licensing matters. She counsels clients in the evaluation, protection, procurement, transfer and commercialization of legal rights in creative works ranging from the arts to technology, and with respect to trademarks and other commercial communications.
She is also Adjunct Professor/Trademark Legal Clinic Supervising Attorney at the North Carolina Central University School of Law. She supervises law school students in the representation of clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The clinic is one of only twenty-three trademark clinic programs authorized by the USPTO in U.S. law schools to provide students with actual trademark practice experience and the authority to submit USPTO filings on behalf of clients.
A graduate of Howard University, School of Fine Arts (B.F.A., 1978) and Georgetown University Law School (J.D., 1982), Ms. Jones-Richardson first became licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, and then moved on to Chicago, Illinois and now lives in North Carolina. Her work on the commercial side of the television, advertising and consumer products industries, and as a consultant for software development, has provided considerable firsthand experience in those industries that she brings to her private law practice.
She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers and the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, and has served two terms as President of the Durham and Orange Women Attorneys. She also has served in several leadership roles for the ABA, including Secretary of the Law Practice Management Section, Chair of the Multicultural Task Force, and on the Women Rainmakers and Diversity Committees of the LPMS, Chair of the Computer Law Committee of the YLD, and on the Coordinating Commission on Legal Technology, the Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems and the Commission on Professional Responsibility in Client Development, and has been a frequent speaker on technology issues.
As a former graphic artist, Vedia also has been an ongoing supporter of arts and culture, serving as President of the Durham Arts Council, Vice President of the Durham Library Foundation, and on the Durham Cultural Master Plan Steering Committee and Executive Committee, the Kenan Institute for the Arts Program Advisory Board, and the North Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and Chicago Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.