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Melissa Hunter Smith

Melissa Hunter Smith is a Member of the firm located in the Nashville office where she is a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group. Melissa's practice is primarily focused on patent litigation. Her practice also includes trademark and copyright litigation and prosecution matters.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements
Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
Tennessee
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
Firm Leadership

Firm Recruiting Committee, Member

Nashville Office Recruiting Committee, Chair

Memberships
American Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
Community Involvement

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Greater Nashville, Secretary of the Board of Directors

Young Leaders Council, Class 50

Education
More Than Stites & Harbison

Melissa serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Nashville. She is a graduate of the Young Leaders Council, Class 50.

Melissa enjoys hiking, traveling, and watching University of Tennessee football games.

Accolades

Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2013-18)

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Client Alerts

Amazon Unveils Its Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation Procedure

Amazon has recently implemented a relatively inexpensive procedure to address allegations of patent infringement relating to products sold on the world’s largest e-commerce site.

by Melissa Hunter Smith and Joel T. Beres May 13, 2019
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
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

How to Avoid Sadness in March Madness

I must admit it had not even occurred to me that the March Madness season was upon us. As such, you will not find bracket busting tips, upset picks, or predictions in this post. But...
by Melissa Hunter Smith March 16, 2017
Trademarkology

The Hand Grenade: Powerful Drink, Powerful Mark

We are fully in the throes of Carnival, a season of parades and other celebrations that begins on January 6 and culminates with Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras, French for "Fat Tuesday, will take place this...
by Melissa Hunter Smith January 20, 2017
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

Pat Summitt: A Brand That Lives On

I had nearly completed a blog post that I intended to publish todayâa post actually about trademarks, branding, and intellectual propertyâbut, when the news of Pat Summitt's death broke early this morning, I decided...
by Melissa Hunter Smith June 28, 2016
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison promotes 15 attorneys in 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announced today that 15 attorneys have been promoted within the law firm. Twelve have been elected to membership and three have been elected to Counsel, effective January 2016. The new...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 05, 2016
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

How to Avoid March Sadness During March Madness

When Mari-Elise asked me to write about the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, I must admit it had not even occurred to me that the March Madness season was upon us. As such, you will not...
by Melissa Hunter Smith March 18, 2015
Trademarkology

From Itchycoo to Bonnaroo: The Art of Brand Distinction

Last year, we wrote about Bonnaroo and the various trademark registrations obtained by the music and arts festival that takes place each June in Manchester, Tennessee. For the uninitiated, here is my take on Bonnaroo...
by Melissa Hunter Smith February 04, 2015
Trademarkology

A Tale of Two Ales

"Here's to alcohol: the cause of, and answer to, all of life's problems." Matt GroeningThe former is certainly true for Lagunitas Brewing Company. Lagunitas is dealing with a PR headache worse than the worst hangover...
by Melissa Hunter Smith January 15, 2015
Articles

The Supreme Court Redefines 'Exceptionality' and Lowers Bar

Patent infringement litigation is expensive, and the cost of that litigation can make or break a company. By the same token, even our nation’s largest and healthiest companies are spending millions of dollars on arguably meritless patent litigation brought by non-practicing entitites and, at the end of the case, they have nothing to show for it but a hefty legal bill.

by Joel T. Beres and Melissa Hunter Smith June 09, 2014
Client Alerts

Supreme Court Issues Two Cases Controlling When Attorney's Fees May Be Awarded in Patent Suits

The following article represents the second in a series dedicated to reporting on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions impacting intellectual property rights in 2014. Patent infringement litigation is expensive – and the cost of...
by Joel T. Beres and Melissa Hunter Smith April 29, 2014
Client Alerts

Tennessee and Kentucky Draft Legislation Targeting Patent Trolls

The Tennessee and Kentucky legislatures have proposed bills targeting patent trolls and others who make bad-faith assertions of patent infringement. Patent assertion entities, commonly referred to as “patent trolls,” are those who own patents...
by Melissa Hunter Smith February 19, 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
Press Releases

First patent suits under Patent Pilot Program filed in the Western District of Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Multilayer Stretch Cling Film Holdings, Inc. announced today that on February 10, 2012, its attorneys filed six patent infringement lawsuits against nine stretch film companies in the U.S. District Court for the Western...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC February 17, 2012