• J.D., American University Washington College of Law, cum laude
  • Ph.D., Cancer Biology, Vanderbilt University
  • B.A., Biology, University of Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Registered Patent Attorney (USPTO)

Dr. Seth Ogden focuses his practice on patent litigation and the protection of clients’ trade secrets.  He has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, and chemical technology industries. His scientific background and years of experience in the laboratory give him a unique insight when working with clients in these industries.

Seth litigates intellectual property cases across Tennessee, in inter partes review proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and in the U.S. Court of International Trade. He is also experienced in pre-trial discovery work, claim analysis, and motions practice. Outside of litigation, Seth has proficiency in developing trade secret protection plans for clients ranging from industrial manufacturers to data analytics firms.

Seth also maintains a robust veterans’ benefits pro bono practice assisting veterans with disability claims. He has pursued veterans’ claims to the Board of Veterans Appeals and the Court of Veterans Claims. Seth was honored with an Attorney for Justice Award in 2019 by the Tennessee Supreme Court for his pro bono work with veterans.



  • Earned a $1.64 million verdict in a trademark case involving infringement, unfair competition, and cyberpiracy.
  • Represented a multinational construction machinery manufacturer as claimant in an International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation and obtained a favorable initial determination.
  • Defended a major medical device manufacturer in a district court patent infringement dispute through summary judgment filing and obtained a settlement permitting the continued sale of the accused medical device.
  • Settled a design patent infringement dispute, obtaining a full release for the accused infringer with no monetary payment.
  • Represented clients in fourteen Inter Partes Review proceedings.
  • Facilitated implementation of trade secrets protection programs at data analytics firms, medical diagnostics companies, and industrial manufacturers.
  • Assisted with expert opinion work in pharmaceutical antitrust cases.
  • Prosecuted patents in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and industrial chemical spaces.


  • 10,335,523   Incontinence aid
  • 9,956,547    Preparation of polyglycerols
  • 9,897,615     Immunoassay for free vitamin D
  • 9,814,676    Encapsulation system
Court Admissions
  • Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States Court of Veterans Appeals
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • Western District of Tennessee
Professional & Community Service
  •  Board of Veterans Appeals and U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
    • Pro bono representation of veteran claimants before the Veterans Administration
  • Life Sciences Tennessee
    • Mentor
  • Nashville Bar Association
    • Veterans Committee, Co-Chair
  • Operation Stand Down Tennessee
    • Board of Directors, Vice President
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Executive Council
    • Intellectual Property Section, Chair
  • Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Treasurer
Presentations & Publications


Legal Presentations
  • Your Patent vs. My Good Faith: Inducement to Infringe, Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association Fall 2015 CLE Seminar, Nashville, TN November 13, 2015
  • Update on Induced/Divided Infringement and Indefiniteness, General Session IP Panel, Life Science Tennessee Annual Conference & Venture Forum, Nashville, TN September 29, 2015
  • PhD Career Connections, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN September 11, 2013
  • 2014 CCR-FYI Colloquium, Tech Transfer and Patent Rights, NCI, NIH, Frederick, MD March 24, 2014
Scientific Presentations
  • Oral, Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms International Meeting; Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2007; Honors: Best Young Investigator
  • Poster, American Gastroenterology Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 2007
  • Poster, American Gastroenterology Association 2006 Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 2006
  • Poster, American Society for Microbiology Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2005


Legal Publications
  • Alex Huffstutter & Seth Ogden, Intellectual Property Protections For Cannabis Cultivars, High Times (Jan. 22, 2020), available at
  • Design Patent Damages Awards Under Apple v. Samsung, Tennessee Bar Journal, James M. Starling, Seth R. Ogden, Ryan D. Levy (Sept. 1, 2015)
  • Crowdfunding: The Open-Source Option Against Capital Crunch, Pharmaceutical Executive, Seth R. Ogden, M. Andrew Holtman (Oct. 1, 2014)
  • Freedom to Operate Analysis Could Be Key to Crowdfunding Success, BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal,
  • Andrew M. Holtman, Scott J. Popma, and Seth R. Ogden (May 31, 2013)
  • Noninfringement and Invalidity Opinions Can Play Increasingly Important Role in Showing Lack of Intent to Infringe and Can Prevent Summary Judgment of Contributory Infringement and Inducement, LES Insights, John C. Paul, Brian D. Kacedon, Seth R. Ogden (Nov. 20, 2012)
  • The Federal Circuit’s Decision in Myriad: Isolated DNA Molecules Are Patentable Subject Matter, 61 Am. U. Law Rev. 443 (2011)
  • Stifling Scientific Progress: The District Court’s Decision in Myriad, 2 Am. U. Intell. Prop. Brief 31 (2011)
Scientific Publications
  • Nagy TA, . . . Ogden SR, et al. 2011. β-catenin and p120 mediate PPARδ-dependent proliferation induced by Helicobacter pylori in human and rodent epithelia. Gastroenterology, v141(2) p553-64
  • Wei J, . . . Ogden SR, et al. 2010. Regulation of p53 tumor suppressor by Helicobacter pylori in gastric cancer cells. Gastroenterology, v139(4) p1334-43
  • Ogden SR, et al. 2010. Matrix metalloproteinase-7 and premalignant host responses in Helicobacter pylori-infected mice. Cancer Research, v70(1) p30-5
  • Wroblewski LE, . . . Ogden SR, et al. 2009. Helicobacter pylori dysregulation of gastric epithelial tight junctions by urease-mediated myosin II activation. Gastroenterology, v136(1) p236-46
  • Ogden SR, et al. 2008. p120 and Kaiso regulate Helicobacter pylori-induced expression of matrix metalloproteinase-7. Mol Biol Cell, v19(10) p4110-21
  • O’brien DP, . . . Ogden SR, et al. 2008. Regulation of the Helicobacter pylori cellular receptor decay-accelerating factor. J Biol Chem, v283(35) p23922-30
  • O’brien DP, . . . Ogden SR, et al. 2006. The role of decay-accelerating factor as a receptor for Helicobacter pylori and a mediator of gastric inflammation. J Biol Chem, v281(19) p13317-23
Professional Recognition
  • Tennessee Supreme Court 2019 “Attorney for Justice”
Outside the Office
  • Seth’s spare time is spent with his family.  He enjoys playing devil’s advocate for his wife, a professor of pediatric infectious disease at Vanderbilt, as she plans her next research grant.  On Sunday afternoons, he has the pleasure of watching his son hit the ice for hockey practice in the Termites League, and there’s nothing better than a family viewing of the latest episode of Pete the Cat.
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