International Law & Practice Section

The section serves as a resource for Tennessee lawyers practicing in all aspects of international law focusing on private international law and international business transactions. Learn more, contact Christy Gibson at cgibson@tnbar.org

Chair
Olsen Law Firm
735 Broad Street, Suite 708
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423)648-9390
Immediate Past Chair
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800
Nashville, TN 37201
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Share Your Thoughts on Proposed Amendments to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 6

The Supreme Court recently requested comment on proposed amendments to TSC Rule 6 that would require new attorneys to complete a Tennessee Law Course within one year of admission to the Tennessee bar. The Tennessee Bar Association has a working group on this issue and will be drafting comments in response to the court's Order for Comment. To ensure this comment best reflects members’ views and positions, the groups is looking for your feedback. Share your thoughts about the proposed amendments through this form by June 8.
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    Ambassador Lighthizer Urged to Include Intellectual Property Protections in New NAFTA

    The United States Senate Finance Committee has urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to include strong copyright protections in U.S. trade agreements, including the new North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), JD Supra reports. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Senate Finance Committee Member Bill Nelson, D-Florida, sent a letter to Lighthizer on Friday expressing concerns over adequate copyright enforcement for intellectual property in global markets.
     
    Areas of concern related to NAFTA are a lack of protection for geographical indicators in trademark, the Minister of Health’s broad discretion in the disclosure of confidential information, and a lack of clarity on patent requirements in Canadian courts and Mexico’s decline in seizures of goods that violate intellectual property rights, widespread availability of pirated and counterfeit goods, and a copyright regime that is not equipped to adequately handle digital trade. You can read the full letter here.
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