NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwired - Apr 6, 2016) - Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP today announced associate Robert C. (Charlie) Walker has passed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) bar examination to become the tenth registered patent attorney in the firm's Intellectual Property (IP) practice. With a technical background in biochemistry and molecular biology, Walker deepens a growing team of registered patent attorneys led by prominent patent attorney Jack Waddey and Waller's IP practice leader, Bob Felber.

"Charlie's technical background increases the depth of our patent capabilities at Waller," said Felber. "As a result, we're able to better serve our clients of all sizes -- from startups to publicly traded giants -- across a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, technology, franchise and retail."

Waller's patent team includes ten USPTO-licensed attorneys. Alongside Waddey, Walker joins registered patent attorneys Nate Bailey, Blake Bernard, Larry Brantley, Matthew Cox, Nicolo Davidson, Eric Fugett, Kristen Johns and Andy Pitchford.

"The need for patent counsel in Nashville continues to grow as the region's entrepreneur sector matures, technology industry begins to thrive, and our bedrock industries like healthcare go through consolidation and change," said Waddey. "As a full-service firm with access to attorneys working in all areas, Waller's expanding IP group continues to bolster what we can offer our clients for all of their strategic needs."

Waller's IP group has more than 100 years of combined counseling experience in general IP matters. The patent team has assisted clients in obtaining hundreds of patents. Waller was recently recognized by Idea Buyer as the "best patent law firm in Tennessee" in 2015. Idea Buyer chooses a law firm in each state based on information from a number of credible resources such as the U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms and IP Today's 2015 Top Patent Firms.

Additionally, Waddey has been selected to appear in Managing IP magazine's 2016 "IP Stars" column which identifies and analyzes the leading IP firms and attorneys in all 50 U.S. states and Washington D.C. to provide deeper insights to the complex U.S. IP legal market for in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies.

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