Intellectual Property Leadership

Immediate Past Chair
Hemant Gupta
Butler Snow LLP
P.O. Box 171443
Memphis, TN 38187
Middle TN Delegate
A.J. Bahou
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
Twitter: @ajbahou
LinkedIn: ajbahou/
511 Union Street, Suite 2700
Nashville , TN 37219

A.J. Bahou is an intellectual property attorney who focuses on the intersection of law and technology. A registered patent attorney, trial lawyer, mediator and arbitrator, A.J. has extensive experience in the areas of electrical and computer engineering technologies, including Blockchain, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, medical devices, computer hardware and software, and Internet...

Ryan Levy
Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C.
1600 Division St.# 500
Nashville, TN 37203

Ryan Levy focuses on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on patent litigation. He has represented international and domestic companies as both plaintiff and defendant in matters involving chemical formulations and related properties; large-scale industrial equipment; processes for roadway design; automotive equipment; and various software ranging from web-based protocols to...

East TN Delegate
Autumn Boyd
Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd PLLC
Facebook: AutumnWittBoyd
LinkedIn: autumnwittboyd
240 Forest Ave. Ste 403
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Autumn Witt Boyd is an experienced copyright and trademark lawyer who helps ambitious entrepreneurs. The Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd PLLC is the go-to law firm for successful creative and online business owners, including e-commerce and SAAS companies.

We help the leaders of dynamic online and creative businesses achieve their next-level goals.

We love helping businesses as...

East TN Delegate
Kevin Christopher
Rockridge Venture Law
Facebook: rockridgevl
LinkedIn: kevinchristopher
116 Locust St. STE E
Cookeville, TN 38501

Kevin Christopher is the principal of Rockridge Venture Law®, Tennessee’s first Certified B Corp law group and a 2018 Best for the World Honoree for community impact. Kevin is a registered patent attorney, active entrepreneur, and National Science Foundation (NSF) advisor for the research hub Center for Green Solid-State Electric Power Generation and Storage (CEPS). His practice areas include...

East TN Delegate
Ian McFarland
Merchant & Gould, P.C.
9717 Cogdill Rd., Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37932
Ian McFarland is an associate at Merchant & Gould’s Tennessee office. Since receiving his license in 2011, Ian has focused his practice on patent and trademark prosecution, counseling, and related litigation. He is licensed to practice before the USPTO, the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit, the Sixth Circuit, and the Eastern District of Tennessee. 
Middle TN Delegate
Ed Lanquist
Patterson PC
Twitter: EdwardLanquist
1600 Division St., Suite 500
Nashville, TN 37203

Ed Lanquist is an AV-rated attorney who practices patent, trademark and copyright litigation, intellectual property counseling and trademark prosecution. He has litigated more than 120 IP cases, and has filed more than 150 patent applications and 1,200 trademark registration applications. He also counsels clients on the economic benefits and implications of IP protection and litigation.

Staff Coordinator
Chelsea Bennett
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Chelsea Bennett is a Sections, Committees and CLE Coordinator for the Tennessee Bar Association. She brings the association eight years of diverse work experience in the education sector. Previously, she worked as the head studio teacher and welfare agent with the child actors starring on the television show “Nashville.” Bennett received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from The Ohio State...

Seth Ogden
Patterson Intellectual Property Law
1600 Division Street, Suite 500
Nashville, TN 37203
Seth Ogden is a Registered Patent Attorney focused on patent infringement litigation and patent prosecution in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, industrial chemicals, software and electronic devices.  He has represented patent litigation clients in both ANDA and traditional patent infringement cases.  Dr. Ogden has also provided noninfringement and...
West TN Delegate
Shawn Sentilles
Walk Cook Lakey PLC
431 S Main St Ste 300
Memphis, TN 38103-6434