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Dominic Rota


Dominic Rota concentrates his practice in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, information security, and data privacy.

Professional Biography

Mr. Rota is member of the Firm's Intellectual Property Group. As a Registered Patent Attorney, Mr. Rota has prosecuted patents before and through the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He also has experience in prosecuting trademarks, as well as litigating patents, trademarks, and trade-dress claims in federal court.

Beyond intellectual property litigation and prosecution, Mr. Rota provides counsel on the adoption and maintenance of in-house intellectual property portfolios, and assists clients in preparing various intellectual-property agreements, such as licensing, development, and joint-endeavor agreements. Moreover, Mr. Rota helps clients come into compliance with federal and state legal frameworks directed to online platforms. This includes adherence to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and other applicable federal and state data privacy procedures.

  • Represented a construction machinery entity in various inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Obtained a judgment on the pleadings asserted against a patent infringement client in the technology relating to dealer management and location devices.

  • Defeated a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against a music festival client.

  • Achieved a favorable settlement for a client pursuing federal trade-dress infringement claims in the retail basket and carting industry.

  • Achieved a favorable settlement for a client defending against federal trademark infringement claims in the hospitality industry.

  • Prosecuted patents in the mechanical, electrical, computer-information systems, and software industries before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" in Intellectual Property Law, Litigation Intellectual Property, and Patent Law (2021 – 2023)
  • Nashville Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division Enterprise Award, 2021
  • Member – Nashville Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division, Board Member
      • Carbolic Smoke Ball Committee, Co-Chair
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association
  • Co-author – "Staking Out a Claim for Inventorship: Challenges for the Collaborative Researcher," American Bar Association Landslide, Vol. 15, Issue 1 (September/October 2022)
  • Co-author – "Licensing in Bankruptcy," Scott Douglass, Dominic Rota, and Michael Wennerlund, American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal, Vol. 38, Issue 2 (Spring 2022)
  • Co-author – "IP Considerations for Non-Fungible Tokens: Protecting Tokenized, Virtual Assets in the Crypto World," Tennessee Bar Journal Select (October 2021)
  • Co-author – "Thinking of Rebranding Post-Pandemic? The 'Tacking' Doctrine May Say Otherwise," Tennessee Bar Journal (May/June 2021)
  • "And on the Seventh Day, God Codified the Religious Tax-Exemption: Reshaping the Modern Code Framework to Achieve Statutory Harmony with Other Charitable Organizations and Prevent Abuse," Concordia Law Review (Summer 2020)
  • Co-author – "Pre-Implementation Strategy for Compliance with the CCPA and other Consumer Privacy Statutes," Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Tennessee (March 2020)
  • "A Quantum Leap in International Law on Cyberwarfare: An Analysis on the Need for International Cooperation with Quantum Computing Power on the Horizon," Harvard National Security Journal Online (November 2018)
  • Co-presenter – "Issues Related to Inventorship," Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA) (May 2022)
  • Co-presenter – "'Counselor, You're Muted': Maintaining Ethics and Professionalism in a Post-COVID World," Tennessee Bar Association Intellectual Property Section (April 2021)


  • Belmont University College of Law, J.D., 2019, magna cum laude
    • Executive Development and Technology Editor, Belmont Law Review
  • Belmont University, B.S., 2015, cum laude


  • Tennessee, 2019
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), 2019
  • 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

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