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.

Immediate Past Chair
Butler Snow LLP
P.O. Box 171443
Memphis, TN 38187
(901)680-7333
Chair
Patterson Intellectual Property...
1600 Division St.# 500
Nashville, TN 37203
(615)242-2400
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421
Vice-Chair
Patterson Intellectual Property Law
1600 Division Street, Suite 500
Nashville, TN 37203
(615)242-2400

Copyright Suit Against Taylor Swift Could 'Open Floodgates,' Nashville Lawyer Warns

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has reinstated a copyright lawsuit filed by two songwriters who claim musician Taylor Swift stole their lyrics for her hit 2014 song, “Shake It Off.” A district court judge dismissed the case in 2018, saying the lyrics cited in the suit “didn’t merit copyright protection” because they are so often used. This week however, the 9th Circuit said the trial court wrongly acted as the “final judge of the worth of an expressive work.” Nashville-based lawyer Jeff Allen of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings spoke to Bloomberg Law, saying the suit could “potentially open the floodgates for people filing lawsuits over people using colloquial phrases.” He added, “that’s not what copyright law was intended to protect.”

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Business Court Holds Panel Discussion, Opportunity to Meet Chancellor

The Tennessee Business Court will hold a panel discussion and opportunity to meet the court’s new presiding judge, Chancellor Anne Martin, Monday at noon. The event will take place in the Jury Assembly Room of the Davidson County Historic Metro Courthouse, 1 Public Square, Nashville 37201. Court of Appeals Judge W. Neal McBrayer will moderate the panel discussion with Nashville lawyers Brigid Carpenter, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson's Nashville office; Butler Snow attorney Erin Palmer Polly; Tim Warnock, founding member of Riley Warnock & Jacobson; and Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek. Chancellor Martin also will make remarks. Download the invitation.

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