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Scott M. Douglass


Scott Douglass helps his clients grow their businesses by protecting and enforcing their trademarks, patents and copyrights. He efficiently litigates their rights in federal court and enforces their trademarks before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He also helps clients maximize the value of their intellectual property through licensing and online domain name enforcement.

During law school, Mr. Douglass worked as a summer law clerk for two federal magistrate judges in the Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee. He also clerked for the General Counsel of one of the largest tobacco companies in the world. Before attending law school, Mr. Douglass worked as a legislative aide to two United States Senators and studied Arabic in the Middle East.

Representative Matters

  • Part of team that has successfully enforced multiple famous trademark registrations in a variety of federal courts nationwide
  • Successfully advocated clients’ positions in diverse motion practice in federal district courts
  • Protected the intellectual property rights and exposure to liability for numerous clients through licensing and settlement agreements
  • Initiated take-down of more than a dozen infringing domain names under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP)
  • Overcame USPTO Trademark Office Actions initially refusing marks on multiple grounds, including arguing for allowance of trademark application for nearly identical mark in same class of goods, and trademark application for beer products despite existence of descriptive tool used in the beer industry and pre-existing registration for same mark in competitive industry


  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2012
    • Managing Editor, Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy
    • Practitioner in Wake Forest Litigation Clinic
    • Recipient of Wake Law Scholarship
    • Vice Chairman, Wake Forest Honor Council
  • B.A., Rhodes College, cum laude, 2006

Bar Admissions*

  • Tennessee

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
    • Member, Young Lawyers’ Division
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association

Community Service

  • Phoenix Club of Nashville


  • “IP Licensing: Pitfalls and Tips”, Patterson IP CLE Nashville, March 2017
  • “Ethics in eDiscovery”, Patterson IP CLE Memphis, November 2016
  • Leveraging Tech for Legal”, Roundtable Hosted by Evolve Law, September 2016
  • “IP Curriculum”, Entrepreneur Center Accelerators (Project Music/1440), February 2016


  • Cybersecurity and Your Company: Don’t Wait Until You’ve Been Hacked To Get Serious About Security, Scott Douglass, Wade Sims, Attorney At Law Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 1 (March 2017)


*Not a Registered Patent Attorney (USPTO)