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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 in Bankruptcy

Forfeiture and Collective Membership Marks

Trademarkology blog, March 20, 2019

Supreme Court Throws Copyright Owners Curveballs

First Amendment Protects Trademark Owners from Government Censorship

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

TTAB Rulings on Trademark infringement Cases: Preclusion Explored

Co-presented on a panel. Provided by The Knowledge Group Dec. 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
Bar Admissions
Tennessee
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
Firm Leadership

Diversity Committee, Member

Memberships
International Trademark Association, Emerging Issues Committee, 2018-present; Bulletin Committee 2014-17; Online Reference Committee 2010-13; Non-traditional Marks Committee - North America, 2008-09; Trade Dress Image Library Committee of IRC, 2004-07; Membership Committee, 2002-03
American Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association, Access to Justice Committee, Member, 2004-17; vice chair, June 2007-12; chair, June 2012-14; Leadership Law (TBALL), Class of 2009
Nashville Bar Association
Lawyers Association for Women
Community Involvement

Tennessee Justice Center, Board of Directors, (2008-present); Board Chair (2017-present)

Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, Board of Directors (2015-present); Board Chair (2016-17)

Ten Thousand Villages of Nashville, Inc., Board of Directors, (2008-13)

St. Mary Villa, Board of Directors, (2009-12)

Education
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.

Languages

Spanish

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 (2013-19)

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Trademarkology

Terrific Trademarks?

Recently, you may have heard the news about Tom Brady, a somewhat well-known quarterback in the professional sport of American football. His company, TEB Capital Management, Inc., filed two trademark applications seeking registration of the mark TOM TERRIFIC, one for shirts and one for trading cards, posters, and photographs.

by Alexandra MacKay June 14, 2019
Client Alerts

Trademarks in Bankruptcy

Last week, in Mission Products, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC, ___ U.S. ___, Case No. 17-1657 (May 20, 2019), the U.S. Supreme Court resolved a circuit split by clarifying the consequences of a bankruptcy debtor’s rejection of a trademark license when the bankruptcy debtor is the trademark licensor.

by Alexandra MacKay, Mari-Elise Paul, and Erika R. Barnes May 28, 2019
Press Releases

Managing IP honors Stites & Harbison attorneys on "IP Stars" 2019 List

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named seven Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2019 “IP Stars” list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 22, 2019
Events

The Race to Privacy

Date: 6/5/19
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Stites & Harbison, 401 Commerce Street, Suite 800, Nashville, Tennessee 37219

IP attorneys Alex MacKay, Mari-Elise Paul and Sarah Spurlock will discuss the latest information on data privacy.

Alexandra MacKay, Mari-Elise Paul, and Sarah Cronan Spurlock May 15, 2019
Trademarkology

Buckeyes Get Black Eye in First Round Against Redbubble

Recently The Ohio State University (yes, that one) suffered a loss before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in a home game against visiting Redbubble, Inc. OSU had sued Redbubble for trademark infringement, unfair competition, and other claims due to Redbubble’s alleged use of certain trademark rights owned by OSU, but lost in cross motions for summary judgment.

by Alexandra MacKay May 15, 2019
Trademarkology

US PTO Proposed Rule for Foreign Trademark Applicants and Registrants

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (the “PTO”) has proposed new rules that would require foreign trademark applicants and registrants to engage U.S. attorneys to prosecute applications, handle post-registration matters, and represent them before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

by Alexandra MacKay April 12, 2019
Trademarkology

Forfeiture and Collective Membership Marks

Most marks are either trademarks (used in connection with goods) or service marks (used in connection with services). But there are a few other kinds of marks.

by Alexandra MacKay March 20, 2019
Client Alerts

Supreme Court Throws Copyright Owners Curveballs

It is weeks away from opening day, yet the United States Supreme Court had its own pre-season double header of sorts this past Monday. The United States Supreme Court issued unanimous decisions in two copyright cases on March 4, 2019.

by Alexandra MacKay and Mari-Elise Paul March 06, 2019
Trademarkology

Registrability and Use of Immoral and Scandalous Marks

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted the U.S. government’s petition for a writ of certiorari in a case challenging provision of the federal trademark statute. In In re Brunetti, 877 F.3d 1330 (Fed. Cir. 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found the portion of the Lanham Act that proscribes registration of trademarks comprised of “immoral and scandalous matter” unconstitutional.

by Alexandra MacKay February 15, 2019
Trademarkology

Benefits of Registration

At the beginning of this new year, it helps to remind ourselves why we engage in this work, why trademarks matter, and, more particularly, why registration matters. Trademarks symbolize the goodwill of a business; they are the emblems of the brand owner’s reputation. Registrations strengthen and protection those important symbols.

by Alexandra MacKay January 11, 2019
Trademarkology

Expedited Cancellation Procedures at the TTAB

Recently the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “TTAB”) decided TV Azteca, S.A.B. de C.V. v. Jeffrey E. Martin, Can. No. 92068042 (TTAB Dec. 7, 2018) using the expedited cancellation procedure that is the subject...
by Alexandra MacKay December 18, 2018
Press Releases

Ten Stites & Harbison Attorneys Honored by 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The 2018 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored 10 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys. Five attorneys were named to the Super Lawyers list and five were named to the Rising Stars list. Of...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 27, 2018
Trademarkology

Identity Issues: More on Rebranding and Brand Nicknames

Only three months ago we wrote about rebranding. Just two months ago we wrote about beloved brand nicknames. Then, last month, two companies announced plans to rebrand to abbreviations of their current marks. Coincidence? Probably, but we are going to take the opportunity to revisit those topics anyway.

by Alexandra MacKay October 15, 2018
Trademarkology

Friendly Foes–Trademark Cease and Desist Letters Are Filled with Humor These Days

A familiar adage teaches that one catches more flies with honey than with vinegar. Without in any way implying that infringers are flies, we can apply this lesson to the trademark context. It seems that trademark attorneys enforcing their clients' rights have really taken this wisdom to heart in recent years. With increasing frequency, trademark cease and desist letters filled with humor and whimsy fill the news.

by Alexandra MacKay September 17, 2018
Press Releases

Best Lawyers in America honors 72 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 has recognized 72 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. Forty-two of those attorneys selected have been honored for 1...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2018
Press Releases

Best Lawyers names eight Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named eight attorneys from Stites & Harbison, PLLC as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2019...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2018
Trademarkology

Beloved Brand Nicknames

One sign of a prominent, strong, and/or beloved brand is a nickname. Consumers sometimes show their affection for their favorite brands by abbreviating them, elongating them, or creating variations of them.

by Alexandra MacKay August 09, 2018
Trademarkology

Sticky Rebranding and Fluid Marks

I have fond memories of drowning my pancakes in all the flavored syrups on the table rack at IHOP. But, on June 4, the International House of Pancakes announced that though it had been IHOP for 60 years, it would be "flippin" its name to "IHOb" in a week.

by Alexandra MacKay July 19, 2018
Trademarkology

Childhood Trademarks

Maybe it's just because I am about to go on vacation with seven children under the age of 11 (and their parents), but it seems a lot of trademarks from my childhood have been making appearances in the news recently.

by Alexandra MacKay June 14, 2018
Press Releases

Managing IP Honors Stites & Harbison Attorneys on 'IP Stars' 2018 list

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named seven Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2018 “IP Stars” list. The publication recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the U.S. The star attorneys...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 18, 2018
Trademarkology

Design Patents and Trade Dress

There are several different kinds of intellectual property protection (e.g., trademarks, patents, and copyrights). The borders between the types of protection are not always clear, and it may be that some subject matter is eligible for protection in more than one category.

by Alexandra MacKay and Sean P. Ritchie May 10, 2018
Trademarkology

Is a Design Mark Worth a Thousand Words?

Someone said a picture is worth a thousand words. If true, that would make it really difficult to compare a design mark and a word mark for likelihood of confusion purposes. Fortunately, a recent case...
by Alexandra MacKay April 13, 2018
Trademarkology

Specimen Pilot Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (the "PTO") has launched a new pilot program designed to ensure that specimens of use submitted to the PTO reflect actual use of the mark in commerce.

by Alexandra MacKay March 15, 2018
Trademarkology

Olympic Marks

The opening ceremonies for the 2018 Olympic winter games take place Friday, February 9, but competition has already begun. In addition to competitions on the ice and slopes, there are competitions among brand owners. Official...
by Alexandra MacKay February 08, 2018
Trademarkology

Good Intentions

We are two weeks into 2018. Have you kept your new year's resolutions so far? If you are like me, you have good intentions, but that may be all you have.If one of your intentions...
by Alexandra MacKay January 11, 2018
Client Alerts

First Amendment Protects Trademark Owners from Government Censorship

On December 15, 2017, in In re Brunetti, Case No. 2015-1109 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 15, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the federal trademark statute’s (the “Lanham Act’s”)...
by Joel T. Beres and Alexandra MacKay December 22, 2017
Trademarkology

Issue Preclusion and Likelihood of Confusion

Less than three years ago, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., 135 S. Ct. 1293 (2015), holding that so long as other ordinary elements of...
by Alexandra MacKay December 15, 2017
Trademarkology

Prescriptions for Pharmaceutical Marks

Some types of applications have a more difficult time than others proceeding to registration before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the "PTO"). Sometimes the nature of a mark (such as product packaging) requires...
by Alexandra MacKay November 10, 2017
Press Releases

Eleven Stites & Harbison attorneys honored by 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The 2017 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored 11 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys. Five attorneys were named to the Super Lawyers list and six were named to the Rising Stars list...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 09, 2017
Trademarkology

Phantasmarkgoria

In the spirit of Halloween, this post will be about the ghostly subject of phantom marks.Generally, a trademark application filed in the United States may seek registration of only one mark. This is not always...
by Alexandra MacKay October 20, 2017
Trademarkology

Promoter of Pugilist Products Fails to Prove Priority

In a case of first impression, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the "TTAB") decided that a licensee, even an exclusive licensee who has been appointed by the licensor as its representative for protecting intellectual...
by Alexandra MacKay September 18, 2017
Press Releases

Best Lawyers in America honors 79 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 has recognized 79 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 51 areas of practice. The number of honorees increased since last year, 74 to...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 17, 2017
Press Releases

Best Lawyers names 11 Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named 11 attorneys from Stites & Harbison, PLLC as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2018...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2017
Trademarkology

University Licensing Programs

Can you believe summer is almost over and students are heading back to school? Already some local high schools have begun their fall semester. And college students will be back on campus soon. When I...
by Alexandra MacKay August 10, 2017
Trademarkology

Benefits of Registration

Recently, Amazon rolled out its revamped brand registry. This is a recent example of an online marketplace encouraging intellectual property owners to embrace the platform by taking steps to protect such owners' rights. Amazon encourages...
by Alexandra MacKay July 13, 2017
Press Releases

Managing IP honors Stites & Harbison attorneys on "IP Stars" 2017 list

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named eight Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2017 “IP Stars” list. The publication recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the U.S. The star attorneys...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 13, 2017
Trademarkology

Cheaper, Faster, … Better?

In its quest to improve the accuracy of the trademark register, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (the "PTO") has proposed a streamlined cancellation process for review and comment by August 14, 2017. The proposal...
by Alexandra MacKay June 08, 2017
Trademarkology

Family Feud

You may be familiar with the old adage that "the best defense is a good offense." A recent case decided by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the "TTAB"), Azeka Building Corp. v. Bryan Kenji...
by Alexandra MacKay May 11, 2017
Trademarkology

Techniques for Building Goodwill for Products Marketed to New Parents

I have just returned from a visit to meet my new nephew. He is adorable; see for yourself:Over the past few days, as I spent time with my sister and her husband, I realized that...
by Alexandra MacKay April 13, 2017
Trademarkology

Rebuilding Goodwill

A week ago last Sunday, millions of Americans watched The Oscars. As everyone now knows, "Moonlight" won the best picture award, but only after "La La Land" was first accidentally announced as the winner. Also...
by Alexandra MacKay March 08, 2017
Trademarkology

Keeping Your Cool in the World of Trademarks and Bankruptcy

January in Nashville has been a roller coaster of temperatures. One day hints at spring and the next punishes all who failed to wear earmuffs. Adaptability and resilience are key in the current climate. The...
by Alexandra MacKay February 10, 2017
Trademarkology

Using Trademarks for Good!

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday marking the birthday and commemorating the life of one of our most venerated civil rights leaders.The Corporation for National & Community Service (a federal agency...
by Alexandra MacKay January 11, 2017
Trademarkology

Use It (in Commerce) or Lose It!

Before a U.S. application filed on an in-use or intent-to-use basis may proceed to registration, the applicant must show that the mark has been used in commerce. Being right about whether the mark has been...
by Alexandra MacKay December 01, 2016
Press Releases

Nine Stites & Harbison attorneys honored by 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The 2016 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored nine Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys. Three attorneys were named to the Super Lawyers list and six were named to the Rising Stars list. The...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 14, 2016
Trademarkology

This is the Spinal Tap Lawsuit

"This is Spinal Tap," with its eminent quotability, is a cultural touchstone. I had heard of it, but not seen the movie until last year, when my husband sat down to watch it with me...
by Alexandra MacKay October 21, 2016
Trademarkology

Pirates of the Pacific… Northwest

This is the year for territoriality issues in trademark disputes. As we reported previously, Bayer and Belmora have locked horns over the question of whether someone who owns a trademark in Mexico (and does not...
by Alexandra MacKay September 02, 2016
Press Releases

Best Lawyers in America honors 74 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 has recognized 74 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 51 areas of practice. The Best Lawyers in America© is a nationally recognized referral...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 29, 2016
Press Releases

Best Lawyers names 16 Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named 16 attorneys from Stites & Harbison, PLLC as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2017...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 24, 2016
Trademarkology

Audits: They’re Not Just for the IRS Any More

Recently, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the "PTO") issued its 5,000,000th registration. (Congratulations to the owner of COASTAL TACO BAR + CHILL!). It took until 1974 for the PTO to issue the 1,000,000th...
by Alexandra MacKay August 04, 2016
Press Releases

Managing IP honors Stites & Harbison attorneys on "IP Stars" 2016 list

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named eight Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2016 “IP Stars” list. The publication recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the U.S. The star attorneys...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 27, 2016
Trademarkology

ZIP, ZILCH, NADA

It is summer festival season in Middle Tennessee. Last week, we experienced the CMA Music Festival, followed by Bonnaroo. This coming weekend, the RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival takes place in Bell Buckle, Tennessee...
by Alexandra MacKay June 16, 2016
Trademarkology

Monday Night Football

Last Monday, Pro-Football, Inc. petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case (Pro- Football, Inc. v. Blackhorse) before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rules on it, but only if the Supreme Court grants...
by Alexandra MacKay April 29, 2016
Trademarkology

Unfair Competition is Such a Headache

This week, in Belmora LLC v. Bayer Consumer Care AG and Bayer Healthcare LLC, Appeal No. 15-2335 (March 23, 2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the Lanham Act permits...
by Alexandra MacKay March 25, 2016
Trademarkology

Presidential Marks

President's Day is around the corner. It is observed for only 24 hours. But those who aspire to the oval office demand our attention every day until November 9, 2016. So let's take a look...
by Alexandra MacKay February 12, 2016
Trademarkology

Trademark Resolutions

Happy new year! Gone is the old year and with it the tired top ten lists that rehash stale events that occurred months before. This is not a top ten list. It is a top...
by Alexandra MacKay January 06, 2016
Events

TTAB Rulings on Trademark Infringement Cases: Preclusion Explored in 2015 - LIVE Webcast

Intellectual property is an increasingly disputed and contentious aspect of commerce. The U.S. Supreme Court’s second trademark decision in 2015 in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., affirms that Trademark Trial and Appeal Board...
Alexandra MacKay November 24, 2015
Press Releases

Ten Stites & Harbison Attorneys Honored by 2015 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 23, 2015)—The 2015 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored 10 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys. Four attorneys were named to the Super Lawyers list and six were named to the Rising...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 23, 2015
Trademarkology

Indictment of Trademark Scam Operator

Have you ever received in the mail what appears to be an invoice for trademark-related services you did not request? If so, hopefully you contacted your attorney before paying it. This is the modus operandi...
by Alexandra MacKay November 23, 2015
Trademarkology

For a Limited Time Only….

Hallowe'en is only a few days away. That means there is limited time left to get your favorite Monster Cereals from the grocery store! General Mills' Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry cereals are...
by Alexandra MacKay October 29, 2015
Trademarkology

[Expletive Deleted].

So said the TTAB in a recent non-precedential opinion. In In re Giorgio S.R.L., Ser. No. 79/141,996 the Board affirmed the examining attorney's refusal to register the mark: on the ground that it is scandalous...
by Alexandra MacKay October 07, 2015
Trademarkology

Harris Faulkner is Not a Hamster

As I lay dying of boredom the other day, the news came to the rescue. Harris Faulkner, a Fox News anchor, sued Hasbro, Inc. for false endorsement and unfair competition as well as violation of...
by Alexandra MacKay September 16, 2015
Trademarkology

Watch Out!

Are Apple and Swatch on a trademark collision course? Some think so, but some think different(ly). We will see in time.Last month, Swatch filed applications in Switzerland to register the mark TICK DIFFERENT for use...
by Alexandra MacKay August 27, 2015
Press Releases

Best Lawyers honors 72 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2016

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 has recognized 72 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 50 areas of practice. The Best Lawyers in America® is a nationally recognized...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 20, 2015
Trademarkology

Timing is Everything

"The trouble with being punctual is that there`s nobody there to appreciate it." Franklin Pierce Jones may have said this, but my friends probably feel the same way. Timing does matter, though. This is most...
by Alexandra MacKay August 06, 2015
Trademarkology

Using your mark for Good(Will)?

Using Brands to Build Goodwill and Social AwarenessToday, Google's doodle honors Ida B. Wells, the 19th century suffragist and civil rights leader. Ms. Wells is an admirable figure in our history. Do you feel any...
by Alexandra MacKay July 16, 2015
Trademarkology

Flagging Interest in Tennessee’s New Logo?

Have you heard? The state of Tennessee commissioned the creation of a new state logo. The public response has been enthusiastic, if not wholly positive. "It cost too much!"[1] "It's too simplistic!" "It broke the...
by Alexandra MacKay July 01, 2015
Trademarkology

Will Good Things Come to Those Who Wait?

H.J. Heinz Company sure hopes so. For about five years, it has been waiting for a result in its favor. It is going to have to wait a little longer, and may need more than...
by Alexandra MacKay June 05, 2015
Trademarkology

Let the Record Show...

If the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (the "PTO") refuses registration of your mark, you may appeal to the Federal Circuit for review or begin a proceeding in district court. One of these routes is...
by Alexandra MacKay May 11, 2015
Press Releases

Managing IP honors Stites & Harbison attorneys on "IP Stars" 2015 list

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named eight Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the third edition of “IP Stars” for 2015. This list recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 11, 2015
Trademarkology

Death, Taxes, and Goodwill

Goodwill is a concept near and dear to trademark law. After all, trademarks symbolize the goodwill of the business with which they are associated. Goodwill is an intangible asset that contributes to a trademark owner's...
by Alexandra MacKay April 15, 2015
Client Alerts

The Impact of the TTAB Decision You Just Received May be Greater than you Thought

For the first time in history, the U.S. Supreme Court held that courts should give preclusive effect to administrative decisions issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”)...
by Alexandra MacKay March 25, 2015
Trademarkology

The Saga Continues

Remember B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., Case No. 13-352?We last left our protagonist locked in a heated battle with its arch-nemesis[1] over trademarks used with fasteners. The case has hung in the balanceâ¦....
by Alexandra MacKay March 24, 2015
Trademarkology

That's All Folks!

Stay tuned next week for March Madness Week!The lawyers at Trademarkology provide trademark registration services backed by the experience and service of one of the nation's oldest law firms. Click here to contact us.**The...
by Alexandra MacKay and Mari-Elise Paul March 13, 2015
Trademarkology

Some Pig

Wilbur is not the only one with a claim to fame in the world of pork. The entire industry benefits from a mark found to be famous, a status accorded to only a very select...
by Alexandra MacKay March 05, 2015
Trademarkology

Art Imitates Life. Life Imitates….Trademarks?

What's your favorite trademark? Would you name your child after it?Naming children after favorite brands was spotted as a trend over a decade ago in the U.S.: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20030929/0037233.shtml. But apparently the practice is not so...
by Alexandra MacKay February 11, 2015
Trademarkology

Tacking or Not? You be the Judge … or Rather, the Jury!

So says today's Supreme Court decision in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank later this term.Hana Bank, a decades-old Korean financial institution, began providing services in the US in 1994, using "Hana Bank" in Korean...
by Alexandra MacKay January 21, 2015
Trademarkology

When is Enough Enough?

The Supreme Court will tell us soon, when it decides B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., Case No. 13-352. B&B Hardware and Hargis Industries have been duking it out for over a decade.In 2007...
by Alexandra MacKay January 07, 2015
Press Releases

Best Lawyers names 16 Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2015

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named 16 attorneys from Stites & Harbison, PLLC as “Lawyer of the Year”...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 22, 2014
Press Releases

Best Lawyers honors 89 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2015

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 has recognized 89 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 57 areas of practice. The Best Lawyers in America® is a nationally...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 22, 2014
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison attorney named Top 50 Nashville & Top 100 Tennessee by Mid-South Super Lawyers

Ten Stites & Harbison attorneys named to “Mid-South” list NASHVILLE—Robert C. Goodrich, Jr., of Stites & Harbison, PLLC, was recently named among the Top 50 Attorneys in Nashville and Top 100 Attorneys in Tennessee...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 13, 2013
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Eighty-nine Stites & Harbison attorneys honored by Best Lawyers in America for 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC, is pleased to announce that 89 of our attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 57 areas of practice in The Best Lawyers in America®...
by Stites & Harbison PLLC August 27, 2013
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Managing IP names 10 Stites & Harbison attorneys to "IP Stars" list

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named 10 Stites & Harbison, PLLC, attorneys to its inaugural “IP Stars” list for 2013. This list recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the U.S...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 08, 2013
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Stites & Harbison attorney named among Top 50 & Top 100 Attorneys by Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Robert C. Goodrich, Jr., of Stites & Harbison, PLLC, was recently named among the Top 50 Attorneys in Nashville and Top 100 Attorneys in Tennessee by Mid-South Super Lawyers for 2012. Nine other...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 21, 2012
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Seventy-five Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in Best Lawyers in America

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison announced today that 75 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 55 areas of practice in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012. Twenty-five of...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 12, 2011
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Stites & Harbison attorneys named among Top 100 Attorneys by Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Julian L. Bibb and Robert C. Goodrich, Jr. of the Stites & Harbison law firm were recently named among the Top 100 Attorneys in Tennessee by Mid-South Super Lawyers for 2010. Eight other...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 15, 2010
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Mid-South Super Lawyers Honors 10 Nashville Stites & Harbison Attorneys and Four Rising Stars

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Mid-South Super Lawyers announced 10 Stites & Harbison, PLLC, attorneys in the Nashville, Tenn. office will be recognized in its upcoming December listing. These include: Katherine S. Allen — Securities and Corporate Finance...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 17, 2009