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Go-to attorney for IP, tech innovation in Tennessee

A.J. Bahou is an intellectual property attorney who focuses on the intersection of law and technology. A registered patent attorney, trial lawyer, mediator and arbitrator, A.J. has extensive experience in the areas of electrical and computer engineering technologies, including blockchain, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, medical devices, computer hardware, software, and Internet security systems. With 19 years of patent litigation experience, A.J. handles the full spectrum of intellectual property litigation from pre-complaint investigation through trial and appeal in matters involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and commercial disputes.

He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in IP litigation in jurisdictions across the United States, including the U.S. Federal Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. A.J. has litigated cases with over a billion dollars of products at issue. 

A.J. often serves as outside general counsel for technology companies that value his assistance with patent prosecution and enforcement as well with the drafting of employment and independent contractor agreements that are critical tools in the protection of intellectual property assets.

A significant segment of A.J.'s practice involves emerging technologies, most notably Blockchain and artificial intelligence. He has filed patent applications for clients that are utilizing distributed ledger technology and artificial intelligence/machine learning tools in educational, marketing and healthcare contexts.

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  • Education
    • J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center at the University of New Hampshire
      • Senior Articles Editor, IDEA® The Journal of Law and Technology
    • LL.M., Franklin Pierce Law Center at the University of New Hampshire, Intellectual Property
    • M.S., with honors, Johns Hopkins University, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • M.B.A., Middle Tennessee State University
    • B.S.C.E., Tennessee Technological University
  • Bar Admissions
    • Tennessee
    • District of Columbia
    • Maryland
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Federal Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • U.S. District Courts, All Courts in Tennessee
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Recognitions
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings)
      • Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2021-2023
      • Patent Law, 2023
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)
      • Intellectual Property, 2018-2021
    • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (for cases over $2 million)
      • The Forum is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4,000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
    • Million Dollar Advocate Forum (for cases over $1 million)
  • Professional Involvement
    • Member, Giles Sutherland Rich American Inn of Court (Barrister)
    • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Federal Circuit Bar Association
    • Member, Board of Directors, LaunchTN, 2011-present
    • Member, Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association President, 2014-2015 Member, Board of Directors, 2010-present
    • Member, Board of Directors, Middle Tennessee Chapter, Information Systems Security Association, 2017-present
    • Chair, Tennessee Bar Association Intellectual Property Executive Council, 2017-2018
    • Chair, Nashville Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section, 2012-2014
    • Executive Council, Tennessee Bar Association, General Practice Section, 2012-2014
  • Presentations & Publications
      • “Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) & Blockchain” May 10, 2019, Presented to Tennessee Bar Association 2019, Nashville, TN
      • “The Relationship between GDPR, Blockchain, and Data Privacy and Security: What Does It Mean For Your Company?” April 11, 2019 Presenters: A.J. Bahou, David Burkholder, Beth Pitman, Corporate Counsel Conference 2019, Birmingham
      • “GDPR, Cloud Computing & Cybersecurity Competency (Ethics),” presented by A. J. Bahou at Tennessee Bar Association Technology Blast
      • “Intellectual Property (“IP”), Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) and Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) The Evolving Legal Frontiers of Blockchain.” November 5, 2018. Presented by A.J. Bahou and Kristen F. Johns, Distributed: Health 2018, Nashville, Tennessee
      • “Blockchain, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) as Security Tokens, and Tax-Related Issues of Investing in Bitcoin.” October 5, 2018. Presenters: A.J. Bahou, Marc Adesso and Shane Morris to Nashville Bar Association, Nashville, Tennessee
      • “What are the Legal Challenges with Blockchain and Bitcoin?,” Presented by A.J. Bahou, Nashville City Club
      • “Blockchain: How will it Change Accounting?,” Presented by A.J. Bahou, Association of Government Accountants
      • “Blockchain: Will it Change Cybersecurity?,” Presented by A.J. Bahou, International Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and International System Security Certification Consortium (ISC2)
      • “Blockchain: An Introduction for IP Lawyers,” Presented by A.J. Bahou, Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association
      • “Attorney Ethical Obligations for Cybersecurity, SaaS, & GDPR,” Presented by A.J. Bahou, Tennessee Bar Association
      • “Blockchain and How it Will Change Startup Entrepreneurs,” Presented by A.J. Bahou, LaunchTN
      • “Blockchain: How Will It Change Cybersecurity and HIPAA?,” Presented by A.J. Bahou, Information Security Conference (InfoSec 2017) Nashville and the Middle Tennessee Information Systems Security Association
      • “Laches Defenses in Patent and Copyright Claims,” Presented by A.J. Bahou, Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association
      • Legal Market Disruption and Ethical Obligations for Lawyers,” Presented by A.J. Bahou, Tennessee Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Conference
      • “Attorney Ethical Obligations for Cybersecurity in Law Firms,” Presented by A.J. Bahou, Tennessee Bar Association Technology and Law Practice Management Conference
      •  “Developing, Defending and Leveraging Intellectual Property,” Co-presented by A.J. Bahou, Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) 10th Annual Conference
      • “Cybersecurity and Attorneys’ Ethical Obligations in Practice of Law,” Presented by A.J. Bahou, Tennessee Bar Association Technology and Law Practice Management Conference
      • “Ethical Issues in Cloud Computing,” Presented by A.J. Bahou, Tennessee Attorney’s Memo/Alabama Law Weekly Attorney Technology Conference
      • “Inter Partes Review at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office,” Co-presented by A.J. Bahou, Sorell, Lenna, & Schmidt CLE Program
      • “Data Loss Prevention (DLP) with a Twist: Taking Care of Business,” Co-presented by A.J. Bahou, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and IT Certification and Security Experts (ISC) 2
      • “Inter Partes Review at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office,” Co-presented by A.J. Bahou, Sorell, Lenna, & Schmidt CLE Program
      • “Attorney Ethics and Cloud Computing,” Presented by A.J. Bahou, Tennessee Bar Association General Practice Seminar
      • “Introduction to Intellectual Property for Masters of Information Technology Management,” A.J. Bahou Guest Lecturer, Lipscomb University
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