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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Paige Mills Cautions Against Use of Social Media in IP Infringements Cases

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July 22, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Paige Mills authored an article that was published by InsideCounsel about how using social media as a defense tactic in intellectual property (IP) infringement disputes can often backfire and create new problems for the alleged infringer. "When faced with a claim of intellectual property infringement, rather than litigate in court, which is expensive and slow, the alleged infringer or junior user tries to sway public opinion by using social media to paint the brand owner as a trademark bully," explains Paige. By doing so, the junior user hopes to force the brand owner to consider a quick and more favorable settlement than otherwise would have been likely. 

Although several junior users have had success using these tactics to paint brand owners as bullies, including Chick-fil-A (for trying to stop the use of "Eat More Kale" for t-shirts by an artist in Vermont), the U.S. Olympic Committee (for trying to stop an online knitting community from holding the "Ravelympics") and Proctor & Gamble (for trying to stop the use of "Willa" for pre¬teen skin care products made by an entrepreneurial mom), this tactic can often be dangerous. In the article, Paige explains the downside to this approach and the various arguments the junior user may use in defending this strategy. 

The full article "Using Social Media to Defend Against the Trademark Bully" was published by InsideCounsel.com on July 19, 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 links below to read other articles in the series.

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