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Sarah Nagae

Special Counsel

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Overview

Sarah Nagae focuses on patent, trademark, copyright, software licensing, entertainment and sports law.

Sarah helps clients protect their business names, brands, logos, artistic works and other forms of intellectual property both in the U.S. and internationally. Her work includes domestic and international trademark selection and clearance, registration, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings (appeals, oppositions and cancellations), trademark licensing, copyright licensing, domain name disputes, counterfeit goods and customs protection, and trademark, trade dress, unfair competition and copyright litigation. Sarah is also a registered patent attorney and has worked in the areas of patent preparation & prosecution and patent licensing.

Additionally, Sarah helps clients negotiate and secure software agreements and a wide array of general commercial contracts. Sarah’s work in these areas includes software license agreements, SaaS agreements, software development agreements, university licensing agreements, technology transfer agreements, digital content (music, graphics, text, multimedia) ownership and usage agreements and services agreements.

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Education
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, J.D., 2005
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, M.P.H., Nutrition, 2000; 
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, M.A., Exercise Physiology, 1998
  • Stanford University, B.A., Human Biology, 1996
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina
  • Washington
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • North Carolina Bar Association IP Section, 2012-present, Vice-Chair
  • Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association, 2013-present, President
  • Volunteer attorney for Legal Aid of NC’s Lawyer on the Line program, 2011-present
  • North Carolina Bar Association Professional Wellness Committee, 2018-present, Co-Chair
Recognitions
  • 2015 Winner, Business North Carolina Magazine’s Legal Elite, Intellectual Property
  • North Carolina Bar Association IP Section Outstanding Achievement Pro Bono Award, 2014-2015

In August 2016, Sarah brought her personal brand to Nexsen Pruet. 

Triangle Trademarks® 

“I would highly recommend Sarah with Triangle Trademarks. When I had an issue with copyright and trademark, I fully expected the process to be tedious and complicated. Sarah explained the process in legal terms I could understand and she handled all the complicated communications and paperwork with professionalism and ease. I always felt she was being honest and straightforward with her recommendations. I would definitely use Triangle Trademarks again. Thank you!”

– Casey Tarpy, Business Owner

“I’m so glad we found Sarah when looking for a trademark attorney. She did an awesome job communicating with us and always answered her phone! This is a rarity these days. We had a difficult infringement issue and she knew exactly how to handle it. She also helped us file for a state trademark to protect our brand. I highly recommend Sarah if you need any trademark work.”

– Mike Hoffer, Business Owner

“Sarah was very responsive and thorough in her work. As an owner of two businesses I didn’t have the time to mess with trademark stuff, but I wanted to be protected. She handled everything from top to bottom. Quick and painless. VERY happy!”

– Bret Oliverio, Business Owner

“I am so impressed with the quality of service that our non-profit organization has received from Sarah Nagae at Triangle Trademarks. Sarah is always very professional and yet very approachable. She has always been very timely with all of our requests and application submissions. It has been a pleasure to work with Sarah over the past four years and I wholeheartedly recommend her and her firm.”

– Erin Kenny, Non-profit Organization Director

“Sarah Nagae was recommended to us by our attorney as we built a Franchise Division of Le Ne Spa. Sarah met with us and explained in detail what we would encounter as we registered and protected both our name and trademark. Her estimates of time required were right on and she handled all the details with the Federal Government. Both trademark and name are now registered and protected. A superb job by Sarah.”

– Charles Lane, Marketing Director

“Sarah Nagae has been an integral part of our business. Once our business began to grow, and our branding campaign begin to pay off, we soon realized that there were things we should have done in the beginning, such as trademarking! Triangle Trademarks was referred to me by another attorney that does not handle trademarks. Sarah met with me, explained the process thoroughly, and best of all, did not talk down to me or act as if it was ridiculous that I didn’t know a thing about the trademark process. Sarah completed the trademarking of our business name and logo quickly, and with ease. I highly recommend Sarah Nagae/Triangle Trademarks for anyone looking for such a service!”

– Shannon Arner, Business Owner

“They’ve been a great help with trademarks, copyright, and risk assessment. I’m especially pleased with their willingness to work with me to keep my costs manageable.”

– Phillip Lombardi, Business Owner

Overview

Watch Sarah's video series, Trademark Tuesday


Sarah frequently teaches Continuing Legal Education classes on the topics of attorney wellness and mindfulness which fulfill the Mental Health and Substance Abuse CLE credit requirement. Some of her recent appearances include:

  1. Attorney Wellness: Achieving Health Physically and Professionally; 2016 Corporate Counsel Section Annual Meeting, Cary, NC, January 2016
  2. Attorney Wellness: Achieving Health Physically and Professionally; North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA), January 8, 2016 
  3. Attorney Wellness: Achieving Health Physically and Professionally; 2016 North Carolina Business Law and International Law and Practice Sections Joint Annual Meeting, Pinehurst, NC, February, 2016
  4. Achieving Health Physically and Mentally, 20th Annual Elder and Special Needs Law Symposium, Pinehurst, NC, February 2016
  5. Attorney Wellness: Achieving Health Physically, Mentally and Professionally, 2016 Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Meeting, Greensboro, NC, March 2016
  6. Paralegal Wellness: Achieving Health Mentally, Physically and Professionally; 2016 NCBA Paralegal Division Annual Meeting, Greensboro, NC, May 2016
  7. Attorney Wellness: Achieving Health Physically, Mentally and Professionally, 2016 Government & Public Sector Annual Meeting, Cary, NC, May 2016
  8. Balancing Work and Life: The New Lawyer Experience; Professionalism for New Attorneys, NCBA, October 2016
  9. Attorney Wellness: Achieving Health Physically, Mentally and Professionally - The State of Our Profession and Professional Responsibilities; NCBA Lawyer Effectiveness & Quality of Life Committee, October 2016
  10. Using Mindfulness to Improve Your Legal Practice; NCBA webcast, Cary, NC, September 2017
  11. Attorney Wellness: Achieving Health Physically, Mentally and Professionally - The Basics of Elder and Special Needs Law, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary, NC, October 2017
  12. Using Mindfulness to Improve Your Legal Practice – 2018 Insurance Law Section Annual Meeting, North Carolina Bar Association, January 2018
  13. Attorney Wellness: Using Mindfulness and Other Techniques to Stay Mentally and Physically Healthy and Productive – In the Environment of Change: A Three-State Continuing Legal Education Program (Joint Program with the Georgia and South Carolina Environmental Law Sections and the 2018 NCBA Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law Section Annual Meeting), Asheville, NC, May 2018
  14. Using Mindfulness to Stay Present and Improve Your Legal Practice – 2018 Spring Public Defender and Investigator Conference; UNC Institute of Government, Charlotte, NC, May 2018
  15. Attorney Wellness: Achieving Health Physically, Mentally and Professionally – RTAC-ACC Monthly Meeting, Raleigh, NC, August 2018
  16. Using Mindfulness to Improve Your Legal Practice – Inside Appeals: Expert Advice to Improve Your Appellate Practice (2018 Appellate Practice Section Annual Meeting), Cary, NC, September 2018
  17. Using Mindfulness to Improve Your Legal Practice – North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, September 2018
  18. Focusing on Wellness as a Professional – NCBA 2018 Annual Review, Cary, NC, October 2018
  19. Using Mindfulness to Improve Your Legal Practice – Greensboro Bar Association Meeting, Greensboro, NC, October 2018
  20. Mental Health: Integrating Wellbeing and Mindfulness and the South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct – State and Local Taxation Seminar, Nexsen Pruet, Columbia, SC, November 2018

Guest interview, IP Infringement – The Commerce Marketer Podcast: Talking eCommerce, Email Marketing, Retail, and More, Oracle Bronto, Episode 021, April 10, 2018

2014 Trademark Year in Review, Manuscript to accompany presentation at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the IP Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Trademarks for the Stars: Tips on Using and Protecting Sports & Entertainment Marks in Social Media, Manuscript to accompany presentation at "Protecting the IP Rights of Sports & Entertainment Clients in the Age of Social Media," a Joint CLE of the Sports & Entertainment Law and IP Law Sections of the North Carolina Bar Association, December 2014.

Best Practices in Trademark Clearance, Manuscript to accompany presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the IP Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, March 2014.

Do We Need an Exception to the Exception to the Disclaimer Requirement? A Proposal to Retain the Unitary Mark Exception but Eliminate the "Single Word" Rule, Published on IP Law 360, October 2011. 

When not in the office, Sarah can be found running, playing golf, or at a park with her family and dog. Always one for activity and a new challenge, Sarah raced with the Stanford cycling team and went on to do triathlons and marathons, including an Ironman and the Boston Marathon. She is now working on breaking 90.



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My goal is to help clients properly protect their IP on the front end – doing so can prevent enormous expenditures, headaches and heartache down the road.