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

Nashville Attorney Behind Recent Copyright Infringement Suit

Calling him the "nation's hottest copyright attorney," the Tennessean looks at Nashville attorney Richard Busch and the attention received for his recent triumph in the controversial "Blurred Lines" lawsuit, in which the heirs of R&B legend Marvin Gaye successfully argued that pop stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams stole from Gaye's hit song "Got To Give It Up." The lawsuit received international media coverage, and the $7.4 million jury verdict in the Gaye family's favor sparked debate, and some outrage, in songwriting circles.

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House Panel Approves Digital Assets Bill

A state House subcommittee has approved legislation setting rules for access to digital information after death or disability, Humphrey on the Hill reports. The “Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act” has drawn opposition from representatives of Facebook, Google and Amazon on the grounds that it would declare company policies void if they conflict with state law. The bill gives the legal representative of a deceased or incapacitated person authority to decide how pictures and postings on a site will be disposed of, even though the user once gave the site the right to control such things. TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur said many social media sites put such provisions in the fine print of their sign-up contracts, which has led to unfortunate situations. Knoxnews has the story.

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