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
Butler Snow LLP
P.O. Box 171443
Memphis, TN 38187
(901)680-7333
Immediate Past Chair
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis...
511 Union Street, Suite 2700
Nashville , TN 37219
Twitter: @ajbahou
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(615)850-8542
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Supreme Court Considers ‘FUCT’ Trademark Case

The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision by summer over whether the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office unconstitutionally denied trademark protection to the “FUCT” clothing line, NPR reports. Designer Eric Brunetti has been attempting to get the brand trademarked since he opened the clothing line in 1990. The office claims that the name of his brand violates the federal statute that bars trademark protections for offensive, shocking, immoral and scandalous words. Two-years ago Brunetti's case was strengthened following the Supreme Court's ruling that trademark protection of the Asian-American band name titled "The Slants" could not be denied. The office claimed the name was denied protection because it is racially disparaging, but the court ruled that the office's denial signified unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination.

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Paypal’s Patent to Fight Crypto Ransomware Approved

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently approved a patent, originally filed in 2016, that aims to end crypto ransomware, CoinGeek reports. PayPal developed the technology to better detect the malware and prevent potential victims from being locked out of their own accounts. This is a global problem impacting law enforcement officials, individuals and companies, according to the story. Companies have reported a 90% increase in ransomware costs for the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018.      

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