R. Bradford Brittian

Of Counsel
Knoxville
800 S. Gay Street, Suite 2150
Knoxville, TN 37929
D: 865.380.5979
Contact My Assistant
Angela Kreis
D: 865.380.5972

Brad joined Merchant and Gould in 2011. After a number of years as a partner practicing out of M&G’s Knoxville office, Brad is now of counsel with the firm. With over 40 years of litigation experience, he practices primarily in the area of patent, trademark, unfair competition, copyright and trade secret litigation and dispute resolution. He also counsels clients regarding various intellectual property-related matters, including the acquisition and protection of trademark rights, and assists clients in the registration of trademarks and copyrights. Brad is also listed as a mediator with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and is experienced in settling complex intellectual property cases. Although Brad is based in M&G’s Knoxville office and represents clients in Oak Ridge, Maryville, and other surrounding communities, he has litigated intellectual property matters in various jurisdiction throughout the United States. He has also represented clients before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and has argued multiple cased before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Brad was also recognized in the IP Stars rankings in the 2013-2022 editions of the magazine Managing Intellectual Property.

Brad served in the United States Army before receiving his B.S. from Tennessee Technological University and obtaining his law degree from the University of Tennessee. Upon being licensed to practice law in 1980, Brad joined a general practice firm with the focus of his practice being on commercial litigation. However, he quickly changed that focus to the field of intellectual property. Prior to joining Merchant and Gould Brad was one of the founding members of the Tennessee intellectual property firm, Pitts and Brittian, where he practiced law for over 27 years. Brad’s move to M&G in 2011 provided him with a significantly larger platform to support his practice and has significantly expanded the legal and technical resources available to his clients.

Brad focuses many of his off hours on music. However, he also enjoys painting and woodworking, and spends a considerable portion of his free time fishing and kayaking the beautiful lakes and rivers of East Tennessee.

Representative Cases

Malibu Boats, LLC v. Skier's Choice, Inc., (E.D. Tenn.) (Patent infringement litigation)

Robert H. Yoe, III, et al. v. Crescent Sock Company, et al., (E.D. Tenn.) (Patent infringement and trade secret litigation)

Plate, LLC, et al. v. Elite Tactical Systems, LLC, et al. (E.D. Tenn.) (Patent infringement)

Plate, LLC v. RCTenn , LLC., (M.D. Tenn.) (Patent infringement)

Exodus Medical, Inc., et al v. Prime Medical, LLC., (E.D. Tenn.) (Patent infringement)

Douglas O. Wickham, Trustee v. Knoxville International Energy Exposition, Inc., et al., (E.D. Tenn.; 6th Cir.) (Copyright litigation)

Investor's Analysis, Inc. v. Charles E. Cardwell d/b/a The Astute Investor, (TTAB; D.C.; E.D. Penn.; E.D. Tenn.; 6th Cir.) (Trademark opposition/Trademark infringement litigation)

Technology For Energy Corporation v. Computational Systems, Inc., et al., (E.D. Tenn., Fed. Cir.) (Patent infringement litigation)

Minco, Inc. v. Combustion Eng'g, Inc., (E.D. Tenn.; Fed. Cir.) (Patent infringement suit)

EG&G Instruments, Inc. v. Canberra Industries, (E.D. Tenn.) (Patent infringement litigation)

Goody's Family Clothing v. Cotton Gin, Inc., (E.D. Tenn.; Fed. Cir.) (Trademark Infringement and unfair competition litigation)

Alexander v. DeRoyal Industries, Inc., (E.D. Tenn.) (Patent infringement litigation)

EG&G Astrophysics v. Heimann Systems, GmbH and Siemens Microelectronics, Inc., (E.D. Tenn.) (Patent infringement litigation)

Moore North America, Inc., v. King Business Forms Corp., (E.D. Tenn.) (Patent infringement litigation)

Innotek Pet Prod. Inc. v. Radio Systems Corp., (N.D. Ind.)  (Patent and trademark infringement litigation)

Pet Mate Limited v. Radio Systems Corp., (E.D. Tenn.) (Trademark infringement litigation)

Radio Systems Corporation v. SafePets, Inc., (E.D. Tenn.)  (Trademark infringement litigation)

Palladium Music, Inc. v. EatSleepMusic Corp., et al., (W.D. Okla.; 10th Cir.)  (Copyright infringement litigation)

Radio Systems Corporation v. Perimeter Technologies, Inc., (E.D. Tenn.)  (Trademark infringement litigation)

Bilt-Safe Technologies, Inc. v. Perfect Fit Industries, Inc., (E.D. Tenn.) (Patent infringement litigation)

Brooks Furniture Manufacturing v. Dutailier International, Inc., et al., (E.D. Tenn.; Fed. Cir.) (Patent infringement litigation)

Radio Systems Corporation v. Contain-A-Pet, Inc., (M.D. Tenn.)  (Trademark infringement litigation)

Radio Systems Corporation v. Tri-Tronics, Inc., (E.D. Tenn.)  (Patent infringement litigation)

Radio Systems Corporation v. Duncan, et al., (E.D. Tenn.) (Trademark infringement litigation)

Radio Systems Corporation v. Raby, (E.D. Tenn.) (Trademark infringement litigation)

Invisible Fence, Inc. v. Fido’s Fences, Inc., (E.D. Tenn.)  (Trademark infringement litigation)

Invisible Fence, Inc. v. Neosel, et al., (E.D. Tenn.)  (Trademark infringement litigation)

Fido’s Fences, Inc. v. Radio Systems Corporation, et al., (E.D. N.Y.)  (Patent mismarking litigation)

Accession, Inc. v. Radio Systems Corporation, (D. N.J.)  (Patent infringement litigation)

Invisible Fence, Inc. v. Hogan, et al., (E.D. Wash.)  (Trademark Infringement)

Invisible Fence, Inc. v. Sunward Electronics, Inc., (E.D. Tenn.)  (Trademark infringement litigation)

Professional Project Services, Inc. v. Professional Project Services, Inc., et al., (E. D. Tenn.)  (Trademark infringement litigation)

PPS Data v. Passport Health Communications, (D. Utah) (Patent infringement litigation)

Radio Systems Corporation v. D.E. Systems et al., (E.D. Tenn.)  (Patent infringement litigation)

Radio Systems Corporation, et al. v. Tom Lalor, et al., (W.D. Wash.) (Patent infringement litigation)

Applied Underwriters, Inc. v. American Employer Group, Inc., (E.D. Tenn.) (Trademark infringement litigation)

Education

University of Tennessee College of Law
   Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1979

Tennessee Technological University
   B.S., Magna Cum Laude
   Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
   Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society

   Alpha Mu Gamma National Honor Society

Admissions

Tennessee Bar
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association
Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Knoxville Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

IP Stars by Managing IP 2013 - 2021
Named as one of Knoxville Top Attorneys 2012 by Cityview Magazine for Intellectual Property/Trademarks
Selected for inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2008-2010

Publications & Speaking

Presentations

Speaker, Safeguarding Trade Secrets: Tips and Tools for Identifying, Managing, and Protecting Confidential Business Information, CLE jointly hosted with the Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, October 28, 2015