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 Firm Closes Music Industry Deal

Round Hill Music has acquired the song catalog of Nashville-based Big Loud Shirt Industries, which consists of more than 30 number one Billboard airplay songs, Billboard Magazine reports. The transaction also included the purchase of Big Loud Bucks, a worldwide music administration company. Going forward, the companies will operate as a joint venture. The deal, handled by the Entertainment Practice Group in the Nashville office of Dickinson Wright, complements earlier moves Round Hill has made in the Nashville market, including acquisition of song catalogs from Roots 49 Music and Big Tractor Music. Read more in a release from the firm.

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Obama Calls for Change in Regulation of Internet Service

President Barack Obama yesterday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, the Memphis Daily News reports. In a public statement, the president called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to more heavily regulate Internet providers. Specifically, he said the FCC should prohibit providers from charging more for services that use a large amount of data; ban any “paid prioritization” on the Internet; and reclassify consumer broadband as a public utility. Content providers like Netflix, Twitter and Google applauded the proposal, while cable companies and other Internet service providers said the move would kill jobs and harm investment and innovation.

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