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Robert "Bob" P. Felber, Jr.

Partner, Practice Group Co-Leader, Intellectual Property
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Domestic and international companies seeking to expand or protect their intangible assets entrust their intellectual property matters to Bob Felber. Known by his peers and clients to be an accessible, approachable, practical communicator, Bob serves his intellectual property clients by translating complex legal issues into digestible narratives. Value and service are key components of Bob’s practice and leadership.

Clients who rely upon Bob’s experience in clearing, securing, protecting, and defending company intellectual property include:

  • Hospitality companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers
  • Healthcare companies

From family-owned, privately-held companies, to multi-billion dollar publicly traded companies, clients turn to Bob to assist in selecting, registering, maintaining and enforcing their brand names both in the U.S. and throughout the world. The trademark extranet he developed provides a private, secure network, available 24 hours/day, through which clients can access updated information regarding their trademark portfolios in real time.

Franchise agreements are complex and highly regulated forms of trademark, service mark and trade secret license agreements.  Bob also counsels franchisors and guides them through the federal and state maze of franchise laws and regulations.

Clients appreciate the flexibility that Bob has provided through alternative fee arrangements. His willingness to be candid about fees and the client’s cost sensitivities lays the foundation for long-term client relationships.

Prior to focusing his career in the field of intellectual property, Bob’s legal practice centered on corporate and securities transactions, including the formation of companies, securities offerings, and asset and stock purchase and sale transactions. This background outside the intellectual property area helps Bob understand IP as it fits into the larger context of his clients’ corporate transactions.

Best Lawyers recognizes Bob for his work in the area of Trademark Law.

Professional

  • Co-Chair, US/Canada Law & Practice, Subcommittee of Bulletin Committee, International Trademark Association (2014-2016)
  • Chairman, Intellectual Property Section, Nashville Bar Association
  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Member, Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, International Trademark Association
    • Co-Chairman, U.S./Canada Law and Practice Subcommittee, 2014-2015
  • Member, Government Officials Education & Training Committee
  • Past Member, Bulletin Committee (2008-2011)
  • Member, Nashville Advertising Federation

Prior Affiliations

  • Member, Farris Warfield & Kanaday, Nashville, TN, 1984-1994
  • Member, Yopp & Sweeney, PLC, Nashville, TN, 1994-2000

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, 1984
    • Order of the Coif
    • Salutatorian
    • Rickert Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement
  • B.A., with highest honors, Southern Illinois University, 1981
  • A.A., with highest honors, Springfield College, Illinois, 1979

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

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Having grown up in Springfield, Illinois, Bob is a scholar of Abraham Lincoln.  He spends his spare time at his cabin reading, hiking or playing guitar.