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Alexandra MacKay

Alexandra MacKay

Alex MacKay counsels clients in litigation and transactional matters involving intellectual property. She assists clients with the selection, adoption and registration of their trademarks as well as registration of copyrights. Alex represents clients in the enforcement of their intellectual property rights and has practiced before federal and state courts as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She assists clients with a variety of transactional issues including those related to licensing of copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks and other intellectual property rights.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

  • "Trademarks and Bankruptcy Revisited," Trademarkology blog, November 9, 2018
  • "Friendly Foes - Trademark Cease and Desist Letters are Filled with Humor These Days," Trademarkology blog, September 17, 2018
  • "Beloved Brand Nicknames," Trademarkology blog, August 9, 2018
  • "Brand on the Run - Why Bands Need a Trademark Strategy," INTABulletin, August 1, 2018
  • "Design Patents and Trade Dress," with Sean P. Ritchie,  Trademarkology blog, May 10, 2018
  • "First Amendment Protects Trademark Owners from Government Censorship," with Joel T. Beres,  Stites & Harbison Client Alert, December 22, 2017
  • "I’m with the Banned (no longer)," co-presenter of CLE program on Matal v. Tam and its implications for Nashville Bar Association, August 11, 2017
  • "Defining Use in Interstate Commerce in Trademark Applications ," INTA Bulletin, October 1, 2016
  • "TTAB Rulings on Trademark infringement Cases: Preclusion Explored," Co-presented on a panel. Provided by The Knowledge Group Dec. 2015.
  • "The Impact of the TTAB Decision You Just Received May be Greater than you Thought," Stites & Harbison Client Alert, March 25, 2015
  • "Recent Copyright Developments," panel co-presenter at the mid-winter meeting of The Copyright Society of the USA in Nashville, Tenn., with Tara Aaron (Aaron Sanders, PLLC) and Autumn Witt Boyd (Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd), February 14, 2015
  • "Considering Intellectual Property Assets for Collateral," The Tennessee Banker magazine, co-authored, October 2012
  • "Security Interests in Intellectual Property," Bankers Breakfast Series, Nashville, Tenn., March 8, 2012
  • "Trademarks and Ethics," Tennessee Bar Association's Intellectual Property CLE, March 4, 2011
  • "Search Engines and Trademark Law," Technology Association of Georgia Finance Society, December 2, 2009
  • "Intellectual Property Law: Trademarks," Walkabout 180, sponsored by Nashville Chamber of Commerce, October 20, 2009
  • "Ethics and Trademarks: By the Seat of Your Pants," Panelist, Ethical Issues in Intellectual Property Law session of Second Annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law, Louisville, Ky., August 22, 2009
  • "Legal Issues for Photographers," Co-presenter, Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Nashville, Tenn., May 29, 2008
  • "Copyright Basics," Co-presenter, Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Nashville, Tenn., May 29, 2008
  • "Recent Developments in Trademark Law," Panelist, Nashville Bar Association's Intellectual Property CLE program, Nashville, Tenn., February 28, 2008

More Than Stites & Harbison

Alex serves on the board of Tennessee Justice Center, which provides civil legal services for indigent persons, prioritizing cases that affect health care and income security of families. She also serves on the board of the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, a volunteer community orchestra of amateur and professional musicians that brings symphonic music free of charge to audiences around middle Tennessee. In years past, Alex has served on the board of directors for and volunteered for Ten Thousand Villages of Nashville, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports fair trade and empowers artisans in developing countries by selling their hand-crafted products. Alex was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2009.



Professional Accolades

Nashville Bar Foundation, Fellow (2015)

Best Lawyers in America®, Copyright Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property and Trademark Law (2012-19)

Best Lawyers in America®, Nashville Area Lawyer of the Year for Copyright Law (2015, 2017, 2019)

Best Lawyers in America®, Nashville Area Lawyer of the Year for Trademark Law (2018)

Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2012-18)

Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars (2009-10)

Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2013-18)

Community Involvement

  • Tennessee Justice Center, Board of Directors, (2008 - present); Board Chair (2017-present)
  • Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, Board of Directors (2015-present); Board Chair (2016-2017)
  • Ten Thousand Villages of Nashville, Inc., Board of Directors, (2008 - 2013)
  • St. Mary Villa, Board of Directors, (2009 - 2012)

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