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
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(615)850-8542
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Tennessee Bar Association
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Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Rhianna Sues Father Over Fenty Trademark

Singer Rhianna filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against her father Ronald Fenty and two business partners claiming fraud and false advertising over his Fenty Entertainment talent and production company, Reuters reports.  Rhianna uses the Fenty trademark to sell cosmetics, lingerie and sneakers. An unspecific amount of damages and an injunction to stop her father from using the Fenty name has been asked of the court. The lawsuit provides examples of Fenty Entertainment misrepresenting an affiliation with Rhianna, including falsely implying that she was involved a boutique hotel project.

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McDonald’s Loses EU 'Big Mac' Trademark to Irish Chain

The European Union Intellectual Property Office recently ruled against McDonald’s in favor of Irish fast-food chain, Supermac’s, over the use of the “Big Mac” trademark, the Guardian reports. Supermac’s had been unable to expand beyond Ireland because of this trademark, as McDonald’s had claimed the similarity between names would confuse consumers. McDonald’s can appeal the decision.

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