Tara believes that Nashville can and will become the entertainment technology and digital media capital of America, and she is thrilled to be working here to to help that evolution along.
Tara helps clients across multiple industries with licenses and disputes involving copyrights, trademarks, patents, domain names, software, and trade secrets. She has deep past experience in music publishing, but focuses now on representing the concerns of technology companies. In the city of Nashville, where creativity is at the heart of everything but technology seems to be the driver, having an understanding of both the creative and digital local communities makes her a perfect member of the teams trying to figure out how best to make the world a better place for both users and creators of new content. Her local clients include many technology start-ups, software developers, and website designers who come to her for copyright, trademark and licensing matters. She also assists with the purchase and sale of intellectual property assets. She has on multiple occasions successfully obtained hijacked domain names for the rightful owners, and regularly negotiates service and technology agreements with the largest telecommunications and software providers in the country.
Despite her deep affection for Nashville, Tara also enjoys broader horizons and works with clients and colleagues abroad. In addition to trademark registration and maintenance work for clients in the U.S., she regularly handles U.S. copyright and trademark concerns for the clients of firms across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Her trademark work for clients around the world has earned her the title of “USA Trademark Lawyer of the Year” in the Lawyer Monthly® 2016 Women In Law Awards.
She recently co-authored an article for The Trademark Reporter® on the concepts of trademark use in the U.S. and Europe. She has particular interest in the point of overlap among the various types of intellectual property rights, contributing to a book on the subject for Oxford University Press (you can get it here), and speaking on the topic in 2014 in London and in Munich. She has been a guest blogger for IPKat, a London-based intellectual property blog, and has recently. And of course, she writes when she can for the firm’s own blog.
Tara’s goal at Aaron | Sanders is to serve clients in a straightforward way that offers flexibility to lawyer and client alike. When she is not practicing law, or mentoring start-ups at Project Music, she is practicing her vocal or her violin skills while her basset hound Jake sings along, or traveling the world (or at least dreaming about it). Tara is a former chairperson for the Intellectual Property Section of the Nashville Bar Association and for Ten Thousand Villages of Nashville, Inc. a non-profit retail store in Green Hills selling fairly traded arts and crafts from artisans in the third world. She strongly recommends that you shop there on your next trip to Green Hills. She can also often be found at conferences with the ultra-cool Nashville geek scene. A complete list of her memberships and activities can be found below:
- J.D., University of Tennessee, 2004
Member, Order of the Coif
Member, Law Review, 2002-2004
- B.A., cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1997
- Semester Abroad, University College Cork (Cork, Ireland), 1996
Honors and Awards
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Lecturer, Dresden University of Technology, Studies in Intellectual Property Law “Introduction to U.S. Copyright Law” (45MB Mp3), July 2015.
- Author, “Concepts of Use of a Trademark under European Union and United States Trademark Law,” The Trademark Reporter®, 106 TMR No. 6 (November-December 2014)
- Speaker, International Trademark Association, “Baseball, Dictators, and Mean Girls in Short Shorts: When Trademarks Overlap with Publicity Rights”; Munich, Germany (December 2014)
- Speaker, Wyoming Library Association, Copyright and Fair Use, Casper, Wyoming
- Moderator, International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Keeping Students Engaged and Off Social Media During Class (Hong Kong 2014)
- Speaker, Institute of Trademark Attorneys, “Using Copyright to Protect Famous Brands“; London, England (March 2014)
- Contributing Author, “Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights,” Wilkof, Neil and Basheer, Shamnad, eds., Oxford University Press (2012)
- Presenter, “Content Wars: A History of the Recent Battles Between Copyright Owners and Users;” Tennessee Bar Association, June 2012.
- Speaker, “Label and Publishing Basics for Entrepreneurs,” National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) Music Startup Academy, April 2012
- Speaker, “Put It in Writing: Why Good Contracts Matter for Software Developers and Their Clients“; Day Camp 4 Developers, March 2012
- Speaker, “An Introduction to SOPA,” Tennessee Bar Association LawTech Day, February 2012
- “Appealing IP: Legal Issues Surrounding the Development of an App“; InForma IP Magazine, February 2012
- Moderator, “Could SOPA Break the Internet?”; Innovation Nashville, January 2012
- Technical Editor, Music Copyright Law, by David Moser and Cheryl Slay, Course Technology (2012).
- “Trademarks and Copyrighted Content in Social Media“; Presented in Berlin, Germany , October 10, 2011
- “SpeakerUp!,” speaker how-to presentation for BarCamp Nashville, September 7, 2011
- “Leaving and Launching,” inaugural interview for EntreWoman, Nashville, Tennessee, June 21, 2011
- “Fair Use in a Content-Sharing World,” PodCamp Nashville, Tennessee, March 26, 2011.
- “What Entrepreneurs and Content Creators Need to Know About Business and Intellectual Property” Co-Labs Nashville, Tennessee, June 18, 2010
- “Providing Pro Bono Legal Services After a Disaster,” Webcast for TennBarU, May 12, 2010
- “Broadcaster Performance Royalty Debate – ABA IP Section Committee Report,” ABA Forum on Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law, Committee on Broadcasting, Sound Recordings and Performing Artists, May 2008
- Associate, Stites & Harbison PLLC, Nashville, Tennessee 2004-2011
- Board Member, Copyright Society of the South, 2016-2017
- Subcommittee Co-Chair, Trademark Scholarship Symposium, Academic Committee, International Trademark Association (INTA), 2016 – 2018
- Board of Trustees,Copyright Society of the U.S.A (CSUSA), 2015 – 2018
- Member, Planning Committee, When Trademarks Overlap with Other Rights, INTA (December 2014)
- Chair, Social Media Committee, CSUSA., 2011
- Co-Chair, Southeastern Chapter, CSUSA, 2011
- Member and Past Chair, Nashville Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
- Member, SOURCE (Women in the Music Business)