Robert E. Pitts (of counsel)


Bob Pitts is a patent attorney and a co-founder of the firm. His practice focuses on dispute resolution of patent and trademark matters. He has been trial counsel for intellectual property litigation matters that have resulted in two 8-figure and several 7-figure awards. Bob is also active in counseling companies and individuals in connection with patent and trademark portfolios, and patent and trademark prosecution. He has worked with many start-up businesses through multi-stages of research and development financing including businesses that have developed international patent/trademark portfolios and that have sold for over $1 billion. He has been selected as one of the best lawyers in Tennessee by Business Tennessee magazine six times. He has also been selected for the Mid South Super Lawyers Magazine Super Lawyers list eleven times.

Practice Areas
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Patent and Trademark Procurement
  • Intellectual Property Licensing
  • Intellectual Property Portfolio Management
  • University of Tennessee J.D., 1974
  • University of Tennessee, M.S. – Electrical Engineering
  • University of Tennessee, B.S. (with honors) – Engineering Physics, minor in Electrical Engineering
Bar Admissions
  • State Bar of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Knoxville, Tennessee, American, and Federal Circuit Bar Associations
  • Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
Honors and Achievements
  • Mid-South Lawyers – Super Lawyers List 2006-2019 for Intellectual Property
  • Business Tennessee – Best Lawyers List
  • City View – Knoxville’s Top Attorneys List in Patent and Intellectual Property Law
  • Tau Beta Pi – Honor Engineering Society, Knoxville
  • Board of Advisors – UTK Joint MBA/MS Degree Program (2006/2007)
  • Co-Founder of Tennessee Inventors’ Association
  • Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (Board of Governor’s 1996-1997)
  • Holds the AV (highest) Peer Review Rating from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chancellor’s Associate Member for UTK 2014-2017