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 “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.*

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent®, and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies.


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.


Davidson CollegeB.A. (1987) cum laude

University of Virginia School of LawJ.D. (1990)


District of Columbia (1992)

Georgia (1990)

New York (2011)

Court Admissions

New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits

Professional & Community Activities

Past Chair, American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Past Board Member, International Trademark Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Intellectual Property Owners Association

Canadian Bar Association

Adjunct Professor, Emory University School of Law

Past Adjunct Professor, University of Georgia School of Law

Past Editor-in-Chief, Georgia Bar Journal

Past Notes Editor, Virginia Law Review


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