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Justin McNaughton


Justin McNaughton is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group at Greenspoon Marder. As a trademark attorney, he assists clients in protecting the hard earned goodwill their brands represent. He particularly enjoys difficult trademark areas, such as protecting cannabis brands and securing non-traditional trademarks, such as sounds.

With a background in structuring and executing deals, he works with businesses to find success through joint ventures and collaborations, and he assists clients in licensing brands, licensing inventions, and buying and selling companies. Startups and entrepreneurs choose Mr. McNaughton for his practical approach to company formation, intellectual property assignments, operating agreements, buy-sell agreements, shared services agreements, and for general corporate advice.

As a registered patent attorney, Mr. McNaughton helps clients to protect their inventions and investments. Select patents he has helped secure include a “stabilizing recoil lug and rail for rifle scope mounting,” a “harness for a violin,” a “bridge for an electronic instrument,” a “high efficiency distillation head,” a “short path distillation head,” and a “water shelter or shed to protect a worker from heat, smoke, fire and chemicals.”

Mr. McNaughton has significant experience in the following practice areas and industries:

  • Trademark protection
  • Patent prosecution and drafting
  • Copyright law
  • Internet and website law
  • Commercial contracts and technology licensing
  • Biotechnology and life sciences
  • Entrepreneurs and startups
  • Technology, software, trademark and patent licenses
  • Technology transfer agreements
  • Product research and development agreements
  • Intellectual property acquisition agreements
  • Website terms and conditions
  • Privacy policies
  • Purchasing agreements.

Mr. McNaughton was the President of the Young Lawyers Division of the Nashville Bar Association in 2016, where he assisted fundraising and organizing events such as Race Judicata, Arts Immersion, Carbolic Smoke Ball, Brews for Backpacks, and Craft Beers for Costumes.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • J.D., Washington University, 2004
  • B.A., Microbiology, Brigham Young University, 2001

Professional and Community Involvement

  • United States Patent Bar, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member
  • Nashville Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, President, 2016
  • Missouri Bar Association, Member

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “You, Me & IPGM Webinar, October 14, 2021
  • Speaker, “You, Me & IPGM Webinar, May 21, 2021
  • Speaker, “Top Tips on Navigating Legal and Operational Startup Challenges” GM Webinar, May 17, 2021
  • Speaker, “You, Me & IP” Monthly Greenspoon Marder webinar
  • Speaker, “The Author Series,” NYU Journal of Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Podcast, April 17, 2020
  • Speaker, “Intellectual Property in the Cannabis Industry,” 2018 Connecticut Legal Conference, June 11, 2018
  • Speaker, “Intellectual Property in Cannabis: What Can You Protect?,” Cannabis Law, Accounting and Business Conference & Expo, October 26, 2017
  • Panelist, “IP and the Intersection of Product Labeling and Packaging for Your Cannabis Business,” Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition, New York, June 16, 2017
  • Panelist, “Legal Areas of Practice Affected by Cannabis Law,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Cannabis Law Summit, April 20, 2017
  • Speaker, “IP in the Cannabis Industry,” Greenspoon Marder Denver Cannabis Workshop, April 6, 2017
  • Speaker, “IP in the Cannabis Industry,” Greenspoon Marder Portland Cannabis Workshop, February 16, 2017


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