Tennessee Patent Law
Your Tennessee Intellectual Property Experts
Welcome to Tennessee Patent Law
Your ideas and innovations deserve protection. Our firm handles nearly every aspect of protecting intellectual property as well as advising clients on business matters associated with their new market innovation or product. The scientific, legal and business background of our staff gives our firm the unique ability to evaluate an invention’s patentability, marketability, and value as well as assist inventors with license agreements, business formation, and investor placement negotiations. Our firm has managed and marketed large patent portfolios and coordinated joint management of intellectual property with research institutions such as NIH, ORNL, USDA, and state universities.
Tennessee Patent Law has years of experience acting as local counsel and assisting out of state law firms successfully litigate several patent infringement claims in Tennessee. We have also served as lead counsel in patent infringement litigation in both Tennessee lawsuits and out of state lawsuits. If you or your clients are enforcing intellectual property rights, we can help.
Foreign Applicants for United States Patents
Any inventor, of any nationality, is welcome to apply for a patent with the United States Patent Office and the patent applicant may be represented by any patent attorney who is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. If you are a potential foreign applicant to the USPTO, here are a few things you should know.
Many first-time inventors are not aware that obtaining a patent is an adversarial process. As a result, they are surprised when their patent application is initially rejected by the Patent Office. This has led many first-time inventors to give up on their patent application.
Patents grant inventors the right to use, sell, manufacture, distribute, import, and export a new invention for a fixed period of time. In other words, the patent legally prevents others from using, selling, manufacturing, distributing, importing, or exporting the patented invention. These rights can be enforced by a court if the patent holder learns of any infringement of their patent.
T.C.A. § 29-39-104, a Tennessee state statute which caps punitive damages at 2x awarded compensatory damages, or $500,000, whichever is greater, was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Friday. In the opinion, Judge Eric Clay says, “On cross-appeal, plaintiff argues that the statutory punitive damages cap, T.C.A. § […]
“Strong, lightweight, folding wooden sawhorse” patent issues for inventor Harvey Wysong. AbstractA portable, lightweight, folding, wooden, sawhorse which utilizes precision wood joinery, wood screws, and glue to greatly increase vertical strength, lateral strength, and the rigidity of the sawhorse which significantly exceeds the vertical strength, lateral strength, and rigidity of larger, heavier sawhorses. Source: https://patents.google.com/patent/US20160176040A1
Inventor Brandon Hardin, President of Joyce Development, was featured recently in a KnoxNews article on his win of the Knoxville Area Urban League’s Paradigm Challenge. Hardin won the contest’s technology category, receiving a $10,000 prize which will help him develop a production-ready prototype for his command glove invention. Read more at https://www.knoxnews.com/story/money/business/2018/01/03/40-under-40-brandon-hardin-33-president-joyce-development/931410001/