Intellectual Property Section

This section provides a resource for lawyers who practice in intellectual property or have an interest in building an intellectual property practice. The practice areas of trademark, copyright, trade secret and patent law fall within this section.

Chair
The Graham Law Firm, PLLC
PO Box 2269
Knoxville, TN 37901
(865)633-0331
Immediate Past Chair
Butler Snow LLP
P.O. Box 171443
Memphis, TN 38187
(901)680-7333

Appeals Court Protects Controversial Muslim Film

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed an earlier takedown order for the “Innocence of Muslims,” an anti-Muslim film that has resulted in death threats against an actress who says she did not authorize filmmakers to use her image and words. The appeals court said the takedown order, issued by a three-judge panel of the court, was an unconstitutional prior restraint under the First Amendment. The actress had filed suit to have the film removed from all Google sites, including You Tube. The ABA Journal has links to the story.

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Judge: Good Ole Rocky Top Can't Market the Merch

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction stopping a marketing firm in the newly named city of Rocky Top from using the Rocky Top name "on goods and services," including T-shirts and other merchandise. Knoxnews reports that although Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan in Knoxville had previously denied an injunction sought by House of Bryant Publications, owner of the Rocky Top trademark and the famous song, the judge ruled that trademark infringement was potentially taking place, and ordered the defendants, Rocky Top Tennessee Marketing and Manufacturing Co., and its owners and officers, to stop using the name.

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