Ted Davis divides his practice between domestic and international litigation and client counselling in the fields of trademark, copyright, false advertising, and unfair competition law and has particular experience in trade dress and gray market disputes, litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and with large-scale trademark clearance and registration projects. He is a past chair of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, on behalf of which he has testified before Congress on trademark and Internet issues, and he also has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association. He is a frequent lead author of amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States and other federal courts, as well as an expert witness in federal district court litigation and in prosecution matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Mr. Davis has been recognized as one of Atlanta’s “Legal Elite” (Georgia Trend Magazine), a Georgia “Super Lawyer” for intellectual property (Super Lawyers magazine), the 2014 and 2022 “Atlanta Lawyer of the Year” in trademark law (The Best Lawyers in America®), an “IP Icon” (IP Law360), and an “IP Star” (Managing Intellectual Property magazine). World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals regularly lists him as among the top ten United States attorneys in the categories of enforcement, prosecution, and strategy, and Legal Media Group has identified him as among the top 25 practitioners for Trademark Law in the country. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business also has listed him for intellectual property since 2013. He is a frequent author on intellectual property topics, and his articles have received the Ladas Memorial Award from the International Trademark Association and the Burton Award for excellence in legal writing. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*
Represents Fender Musical Instruments Corporation in litigation in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Fender Musical Instruments Corp. v. Swade, 772 F. App'x 282 (6th Cir. 2019).
Represents Scientific Games, a leader in the lottery ticket and video gaming industries, in trademark litigation before federal trial and appellate courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. WMS Gaming Inc. v. WPC Prods. Ltd., 542 F.3d 601 (7th Cir. 2008).
Successfully represented Compex International Co., a major manufacturer of outdoor patio furniture, in a bench trial against claims by a competitor of trade dress infringement, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices. Meadowcraft Inc. v. Compex Int’l Co., 47 U.S.P.Q.2d 1665 (N.D. Ga. 1998).
Represents Flowers Foods Inc., a leading producer of baked goods, and its subsidiaries in various trademark, unfair competition, false advertising, and copyright matters, including litigation before federal district courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as trademark clearance and registration projects.
Represents Huddle House Inc. In trademark, false advertising and unfair competition matters, including litigation before federal district courts and trademark clearance and registration programs.
Represents Newman's Own, Inc. in trademark clearance, registration, and enforcement matters.
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University of Virginia School of Law J.D. (1990)
Davidson College B.A. (1987) cum laude
District of Columbia (1992)
New York (2011)
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Georgia Court of Appeals
New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. Supreme Court
American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law (Chair, 2015-16)
International Trademark Association (Executive Committee of Board of Directors, 2003-05; INTA PAC Board of Directors, 2014-19; recipient of President’s Award, 2017; recipient of Volunteer Service Award, 2014; recipient of Ladas Memorial Award, 1992, 1995, and 2001)
American Intellectual Property Law Association (Board of Directors, 2021-present; Chair of Trademark Law Committee, 2018-20)
American Bar Foundation (Life Fellow, 2007-present)
Intellectual Property Owners Association (Vice Chair of Trademark (U.S.) Committee, 2007)
Canadian Bar Association
Adjunct Professor, Emory University School of Law (1994-present)
Adjunct Professor, University of Georgia School of Law (2002, 2010)
Adjunct, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (2005)
Georgia Bar Journal (Editor-in-Chief, 1997-1990)
Virginia Law Review (Notes Editor, 1989-90)
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