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In June 2017, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNFP) closed a $1.9 billion merger with BNC Bancorp (NASDAQ: BNCN) pursuant to which BNC merged with and into Pinnacle. With the completion of the transaction, Pinnacle becomes a Top 50 U.S. Bank. The merger will create a four state footprint concentrated in 12 of the largest urban markets in the Southeast. 

Bass, Berry & Sims has served Pinnacle as primary corporate and securities counsel for more than 15 years and served as counsel on the transaction. Our attorneys were involved in all aspects related to the agreement, including tax, employee benefits and litigation. 

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Regulation A+

It seems that lately there has been a noticeable uptick in Regulation A+ activity, including several recent Reg A+ securities offerings where the stock now successfully trades on national exchanges. In light of this activity, we have published a set of FAQs about Regulation A+ securities offerings to help companies better understand this "mini-IPO" offering process, as well as pros and cons compared to a traditional underwritten IPO.

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Martha Allard Gives a Shout Out to a Good Trademark Slogan

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March 28, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Martha Allard authored an article that was published by InsideCounsel.com discussing the benefits of a distinctive slogan and making the case for its registration and enforcement. For the most part, the best slogans are short, simple statements that are synonymous with the overall brand. After a slogan is created, it's important to protect it.  "Because some slogans can enjoy such success, when your marketing team comes to you with a new slogan, it's important to know that the slogan can and should be protected and enforced in the same way as a traditional trademark," explains Martha. 

In the article Martha offers suggestions about selecting and protecting a slogan; for example, a clearance search should be conducted for a slogan to make sure that it does not infringe the rights of a prior user. Registering it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is another important step. Slogans may be registered in the same way that traditional trademarks are registered. As a result, they can enjoy the same benefits, including a legal presumption of ownership. Martha outlines the many benefits of having a distinctive, registered slogan, including how it can be the basis to force the transfer of objectionable domain names. 

The full article, "Can You Hear Me Now? How to Make Your Trademark Slogan Heard Over the Crowd," was published by InsideCounsel.com on March 23, 2016 and is available online or in the PDF below.

This content is part of a series of articles focused on intellectual property issues published by InsideCounsel.com and authored by Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys. Click the link below to read other articles in the series.

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