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Jerry Nagae's practice spans over four decades, encompassing all aspects of intellectual property law providing vital counsel to clients on patents, trademarks, copyrights, IP transactions, and litigation.  Jerry supports a wide range of clients in various fields such as automotive, consumer goods, sporting goods, food processing, video and audio hardware and software development, robotics, automated warehouses, airport ground support equipment, and semiconductor processing and packaging.  Representative clients include Applied Materials Corporation, Avanade Inc., International Paper Company, John Bean Technologies Corporation, Nintendo of America Inc., and Premera Blue Cross.

With his extensive experience, Jerry is able to provide valuable legal opinions and advice to assist clients in developing comprehensive intellectual property programs to protect and defend their IP interests, both domestically and in foreign countries.

Jerry was a member of the firm's executive committee for many years and served as the firm's managing member from 2008 - 2011. Jerry has been ranked in Chambers USA since 2010, in recognition of his expertise in intellectual property law. He has been named to the list of The Best Lawyers in America since 1991 and has been selected by the publication as a "Lawyer of the Year" for his work in copyright, trademark, and patent law. Jerry has been included in Super Lawyers since 2003; is recognized in Managing Intellectual Property magazine's IP Stars in 2015 - 2024; is named to Intellectual Asset Management's IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals in 2014 - 2024; and is included in World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 – The World's Leading Trademark Professionals in 2014 - 2024.

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  • Professional Experience

    • Christensen O'Connor Johnson KindnessPLLC
      Seattle, WA, 1982 – present
    • Graybeal & Uhlir
      Seattle, WA, 1978 – 1982
  • Technical Experience

    • Mechanical Design Engineer
      Hyster Company
  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • International Trademark Association
    • King County Bar Association
    • Washington State Patent Law Association


    • J.D., University of Washington School of Law
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University

Bar & Court Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • United States Patent and Trademark Office
    • Washington State Bar
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