Intellectual Property & Technology

The experience of our intellectual property attorneys enables our clients to protect and increase the value of their businesses through the strategic handling of their intellectual property and technology needs, and our working relationships with lawyers and consultants throughout the world enables us to coordinate our clients’ legal and regulatory needs in any foreign jurisdiction.

Our intellectual property attorneys actively participate on committees of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association, and Intellectual Property Sections of the Tennessee Bar Association, among others.


Our patent attorneys have significant experience in the prosecution of domestic and foreign patents in a wide variety of technologies, including electrical components, internet and software, mechanical devices, manufacturing processes, chemistry, and biotechnology. As part of Butler Snow’s Business group, the patent attorneys work closely with our clients to ensure that each patent provides a clear advantage over current and future competitors.


Our trademark attorneys routinely handle large global portfolios for some of the most well-known brands. We help clients identify marks that should be part of their portfolio, and obtain registrations for them in the U.S. and abroad through our network of foreign colleagues. We also assist clients in identifying trademark infringers and in enforcing those rights where needed.

Trade Secret Protection.

We frequently handle trade dress and trade secret protection matters, working with clients to establish intellectual property protection protocols to uncover or prevent infringement. We help our clients find the right balance between patent and trade secret protection, and come up with strategies to give them the longest possible protection for their innovations.

Licensing Agreements.

We help clients exploit intellectual property through licensing agreements, joint ventures and other collaborative arrangements both domestically and internationally.

Software and Technology.

Our attorneys are experienced in software and technology licensing, electronic commerce, domain name protection, software hosting agreements, multimedia issues, technology transfers and compliance with U.S. trade laws including export controls and practice before the International Trade Commission. We routinely help companies protect their software through copyright applications and are ready to assist in enforcement against infringers.


We regularly counsel franchisors and assist them in complying with disclosure and registration requirements.