Glen Reid, member of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Protection & Litigation Service Team, was recently named a legal Power Player by Inside Memphis Business. The Power Players list is an annual feature that highlights the city’s top movers and shakers. The editorial board consists of Inside Memphis Business staff, along with informed business and community leaders.
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By Matthew M. Lubozynski
When business disputes cannot be resolved by negotiation or arbitration, the parties involved often turn to litigation. However, these business disputes frequently involve complex, time-consuming and costly proceedings that would be more appropriate in a specialized forum.
To better serve the litigation needs of Tennessee businesses, the Tennessee Supreme Court recently joined 26 other states in creating Tennessee’s first Business Court to focus exclusively on such difficult and complex business litigation.
The Davidson County Business Court pilot project started in May with the goal of attracting and retaining businesses throughout Tennessee by facilitating business litigation efficiently and effectively with more predictable and consistent results. Although the Business Court is located in Davidson County, any case in Tennessee that meets certain criteria can be transferred to that court.
There are a number of requirements for a case to be eligible for the Business Court. First, taking a case to the Business Court is voluntary, thus the parties to the action must Continue reading How the Tennessee Business Court Affects the Business Community
By J. Graham Matherne
If you use a slogan or a logo that identifies your company to your customers, you should protect your rights to that slogan or logo. If you don’t have the thousands of dollars that a federal trademark registration might require, the Tennessee Trademark Act (TTMA) might provide you with the protection you need at a cost you can afford.
Registering your slogan or logo under the TTMA, which only applies to marks that are in actual use in your business, likely will give you the remedies you may need against infringements in Tennessee, such as injunctive relief, infringer’s profits, and attorney’s fees if the infringement is knowing or occurs in bad faith. Registration also gives you the ability to prove your ownership and use of the mark to any other entity in Tennessee.
Registration under the TTMA is a streamlined process through the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office. The application fee is only $20 per class within which you want your mark registered. The review process – the time from filing of your application to issuance of a registration certificate – can be as short as Continue reading Tennessee Trademark Protection: An Affordable Way to Protect A Slogan or Logo