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

Judge: Using ‘Rocky Top’ Name Likely Infringement

U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan appears ready to stop developers in the newly minted town of Rocky Top from using the name on merchandise, saying that would likely infringe on the rights of House of Bryant Publications, which owns the bluegrass song “Rocky Top.” Varlan allowed Lake City to change its name to Rocky Top earlier this year, but now says he will reconsider if the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has the case, finds an injunction is appropriate. The former coal-mining town changed its name on a promise that developers would build a tourist complex there. House of Bryant tried, but failed, to stop the name change. It appealed Varlan’s May ruling to the appeals court. WATE.com has the story.

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Arkansas Granted Sensory Trademark for Signature ‘Hog Call’

The U.S. Trademark Office granted TM Registration to the University of Arkansas for its “hog call.” Fans of the SEC are familiar with the wooooo-pig-sooie call. According to the Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs blog “Finding IP Value,” sensory marks are registerable just like word marks and logos when used in connection with the sale of goods or the rendering of services. 

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