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
Bahou Miller PLLC
424 Church Street - Suite 2000
Nashville , TN 37219
Twitter: @ajbahou
LinkedIn: ajbahou/
(615)988-9017
Immediate Past Chair
Merchant & Gould, P.C.
9717 Cogdill Road, Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37932
(865)380-5977
Vice-Chair
Butler Snow LLP
P.O. Box 171443
Memphis, TN 38187
(901)680-7333
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Nashville Brewery Sues Kansas City Beer Maker for Copyright Infringement

Nashville-based TailGate Beer filed a copyright infringement lawsuit on Tuesday against Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Co. over allegedly copying the former beer maker’s logo, the Nashville Post reports. TailGate’s logo – that of a pickup truck with beer in the bed – was trademarked in 2013, while Boulevard recently added a similar image to the label of its pale ale. The lawsuit argues that Boulevard committed willful infringement, noting that the company ran an ad campaign featuring the slogan “Why just tailgate when you could Palegate?” Boulevard has denied the claims and says the image was not knowingly taken from TailGate.
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Financial Services Firm Secures Patent on Storing Meeting Minutes Using Blockchain

Financial services firm Northern Trust won a patent Wednesday for a method of backing up records of meetings using blockchain technology, according to Coindesk. The method utilizes a series of smart contracts to capture data related to the meeting, including records of who is attending, when the meeting took place and where. This is the latest development in what has developed into a race for blockchain-related patents, with companies such as Alphabet Inc., Google and Bank of America trying to secure blockchain patents of their own. Information on the patent can be found here.

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