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Bethany J. Whelan


* Not admitted in South Carolina

What you should know about me:

I began my IP career almost 10 years ago, assisting life sciences clients with managing their patent and trademark portfolios. Over the years, I have developed a strong practice with a practical approach, providing strategic counsel and legal strategy to clients within these fields. I also maintain a robust trademark practice assisting clients with trademark portfolio management, including brand counseling and trademark clearance work. I enjoy working with a variety of client business units to bring creative solutions to their unique IP issues.

  • Known as a creative, optimistic, problem solver
  • A classically-trained pianist
  • Previously conducted research directed to studying structural defects of DNA caused by butadiene adducts

Bethany’s Experience

Bethany assists clients with procurement and management of patent and trademark portfolios on a global scale in the chemical and mechanical arts, including pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, polymer compositions, diagnostics, medical devices, and consumer products.

Bethany enjoys partnering with a variety of business units within the corporate organization in order to provide intellectual property strategy from conception to product launch.

Background & Credentials


  • Vanderbilt University (B.M., Chemistry and Music, magna cum laude, 2007)
  • Vanderbilt University (J.D., 2012)


  • Florida
  • Tennessee
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Activities

  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers (Florida 2019; South Carolina, 2019; Mid-South 2015-2019)
  • Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Middle-Tennessee
  • Board of Directors, Young Lawyers Division of the Nashville Bar Association;
  • Presenter, Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association CLE Seminar
  • Board Member and Board Chair, Nashville Symphony
  • Presenter, MTSU Women in Science and Technology

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