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Mark S. Graham

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Special Counsel
Phone: (865) 546-7311
Fax: (864) 524-1773

MARK S. GRAHAM, a new addition to Kennerly, Montgomery, and Finley, helps clients address Intellectual Property (IP) issues. He joins KMF after practicing law in Knoxville since 1985 with the IP firm formally known as Luedeka, Neely, and Graham, and most recently with his own firm, The Graham Law Firm, since January 2012. An Honors graduate from the University of Tennessee, Mark holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence.

Mark's technical background and his legal experience enable him to effectively write and prosecute patents for clients across a wide range of technologies, including chemical, mechanical, pharmaceutical, life science/biotech, material science, environmental, films/coatings, paper/paper-making, and medical/dental technologies, as well as software and product design. Over the years, Mark has also worked with entertainment, sports, food service, manufacturing, retail, and other companies to help them develop and federally register many hundreds of trademarks, service marks, and logos.

Mark also brings substantial IP litigation experience to the firm. He has represented parties in many IP disputes before essentially every category of tribunal with subject matter jurisdiction to enter a judgment in an IP dispute. This includes prosecution and defense of claims of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret infringement, ownership, breach of contract, bankruptcy, and many others in federal and state courts across the Country. Due to his extensive experience nationally, Mark has also closely assisted associate counsel in IP disputes overseas.

Another major area of Mark's litigation experience includes handling appeals and inter-party disputes before USPTO tribunals. These include, on the trademark side, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board or "TTAB" and, on the patent side, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board or "PTAB".

One of the things Mark enjoys most is writing and speaking about Intellectual Property issues to his peers in Knoxville and the greater Southeastern US region.

Areas of Practice

  • Patents
  • Copyright
  • Trademarks
  • Technology Transfer


University of Tennessee – J.D., 1985
University of Tennessee – BS, Chemical Engineering, 1981


Tennessee Bar Association – 1985
USPTO: Registered Patent Lawyer – 1986
  • USPTO: Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)
  • USPTO: Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit


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