Ian G. McFarland

9717 Cogdill Road, Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37932
D: 865.380.5990
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Megan Fee
D: 865.380.5964


University of Tennessee College of Law
J.D., 2011

University of Missouri
B.A. Biological Sciences, 2008

Bar and Court Admissions

Tennessee Supreme Court
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Eastern District of Tennessee
Sixth Circuit
Federal Circuit

Professional Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association
Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Knoxville Bar Association
The Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court

Awards & Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Mid-South Rising Star, 2015-2016

Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Order of Barristers, Cunningham Excellence in Legal Writing Award, 2011

Merchant & Gould Intellectual Property Award, 2011

Publications & Speaking

Demonstrative Evidence Under the Rules: The Admissable and Inadmissable, Litigation Commentary & Review, co-authored with Allen Hinderaker, July 2015

“The Sky Could Be Falling:  Discussing Prometheus and its Implications on the Life Sciences Industry," TIPLA Spring Conference, 2012

Comment, In the Wake of Therasense and Nisus Corp., How Can Patent Attorneys Defend Themselves Against Allegations of Inequitable Conduct, 78.2 Tenn. L. Rev. 485, 2011

Ian McFarland is an associate at Merchant & Gould’s Tennessee office. Since receiving his license in 2011, Ian has focused his practice on patent and trademark prosecution, counseling, and related litigation. He is licensed to practice before the USPTO, the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit, the Sixth Circuit, and the Eastern District of Tennessee. 

Ian received his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law after graduating with a B.A. in biology from the University of Missouri. While in law school, he was a member of the Tennessee Law Review and patent law moot court team.

Ian emphasizes attention to detail to zealously advocate for his clients’ intellectual property rights. Whether in the form of IP acquisition or litigation, achieving client objectives is extremely rewarding to Ian. Outside of his practice, Ian enjoys cooking, watching college football, and playing golf.