Emily A. Shouse




Emily Shouse is an AV-rated attorney who focuses on the protection of patents and trademarks in the United States and foreign countries. She manages the international intellectual property portfolios of Patterson’s clients to ensure their IP assets are protected according to the individual rules and regulations of countries around the world.

Emily represents Patterson’s clients from large, multinational corporations to individual inventors, ensuring their IP assets are protected wherever their business may take them. Emily’s IP experience includes prosecuting and defending disputes arising under state, federal, and international laws, including proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Emily is very active with several professional and community services groups. She is especially active in the Nashville Bar Association’s Historical Committee.


J.D., University of Georgia School of Law

B.S., Engineering Science, Lipscomb University, cum laude

Bar Admissions


Registered Patent Attorney (USPTO)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Rankings & Recognition

  • Graduate, Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Program
  • Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation


Ms. Shouse has over 20 years of experience filing and overseeing international patent and trademark filings, including preparation and filing of PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) applications, directly filed foreign patent and trademark applications, and Madrid Protocol applications. She works with clients to build and maintain their worldwide patent and trademark portfolios.

Ms. Shouse has experience in litigation in all fields of IP, with particular expertise in research and brief writing. She has represented clients in both federal and state court as well as before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • Lawyers’ Association For Women, Marion Griffin Chapter
    • Committee Chair, 2009–10
  • Nashville Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, 2009–11
    • Executive Committee, 2010–11
    • Historical Committee, 2011-Present
      • Chair, 2017-2019
      • Secretary, 2011–2017
    • Intellectual Property Committee, 1997-present
    • Young Lawyers Division
      • President, 2007–08
      • Board of Directors, 2001–08
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Leadership Law Alumnus
  • Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society
      • Secretary, 2017

Professional & Community Service

  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)
    • Co-Chair of the Committee for the Light of Hope Red Shoe Party (2009)
  • Legal Aid Society and Nashville Pro Bono Program
    • Campaign for Equal Justice
      • Large Firm Co-Chair (2017)
      • Small Firm Co-Chair (2013 & 2016)
  • Nashville Bar Association
    • Carbolic Smoke Ball Committee benefiting CASA
      • Chair (2001–02)
      • Treasurer (2002–05)
    • NBA Historical Committee
      • Planning Committee for “The Case of Mary Northern” CLE seminar (2019)
      • Planning Committee for “The Stringbean Murders” CLE seminar (2018)
      • Planning Committee for “Marcia Trimble” CLE seminar (2017)
      • Planning Committee for “Blanton!” CLE seminar (2016)
      • Planning Committee for “Hoffa!” CLE seminar (2015)
    • Race Judicata – benefiting numerous nonprofits, including Oasis Center and St. Luke’s Community House
      • Committee Member and Volunteer (2005–09)
  • Nashville Neighborhoods Celebration in Elizabeth Park with the Neighborhoods Resource Center
    • Good Neighbor Day Volunteer (2017)
  • Travellers Rest Historic Home
    • Past Board Member