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Scott M. Douglass

Senior Associate

Scott Douglass concentrates his practice in the areas of trademarks, copyrights, and data privacy by advising clients on licensing, transactions, and litigation in federal court. He is experienced in assisting clients on the adoption and protection of brands for their products and services in a wide range of industries including film, television, music, and entertainment, beer and spirits, food and restaurants, professional services, financial services, and pharmaceutical products. Mr. Douglass prosecutes trademarks in the U.S. Patent and Trademark office and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He handles litigation relating to the enforcement of trademarks against third parties, as well as defending companies and individuals against charges of trademark and copyright infringement.

Mr. Douglass also helps clients maximize the value of their intellectual property through online domain name enforcement, and he has extensive experience advising companies in licensing agreements, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, and other IP-related transactions. He also advises on software and end-user licenses, website terms and conditions and privacy policies, and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices. Mr. Douglass was named a “Rising Star” for intellectual property by Mid-South Super Lawyers in 2018.

During law school, Mr. Douglass worked as a summer law clerk for two federal magistrate judges in Nashville and Memphis. Born and raised in Memphis, he also clerked for the General Counsel of one of the largest tobacco companies in the world during law school. 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

  • Protected the intellectual property rights and exposure to liability for numerous clients through licensing, non-disclosure, and settlement agreements
  • Successfully advocated clients’ positions in diverse motion practice in federal district courts
  • 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
  • Part of team that has successfully enforced multiple trademark registrations in a variety of federal courts nationwide
  • Initiated take-down of more than a dozen infringing domain names under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP)


  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law
    • 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

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

  • International Trademark Association
  • Copyright Society of the South
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
    • Business Law Committee Chair 2019, 2020
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association

Professional and Community Service

  • Phoenix Club of Nashville
  • St. George’s Episcopal Church


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


  • 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)


  • Selected to Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” in Intellectual Property, 2018


*Not a Registered Patent Attorney (USPTO)