After growing up on a tiny island in the Puget Sound, Sarah headed south to Stanford University where she completed her undergraduate studies in human biology and pre-med. Hearing that Chapel Hill had great road biking, lots of sun and an excellent exercise physiology program, Sarah moved to Carrboro and earned two graduate degrees and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Prior to launching Triangle Trademarks, Sarah practiced with one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier IP firms, Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness (COJK) of Seattle. Sarah honed her legal skills while working with startup, mid-market and large companies in a diverse array of industries ranging from consumer electronics to wine, medical devices, insurance, and pharmaceuticals. Sarah maintains a practice in Washington state and continues to work with COJK on a number of matters.
Sarah is admitted before the Bars of both North Carolina and Washington state, and also maintains registration to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Additionally, Sarah is on the board of directors of the Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA) and is active in the North Carolina and Wake County Bar Associations. She also provides pro bono legal services through the North Carolina Bar Association’s Lawyer On the Line program.
Sarah lives and practices in Raleigh, North Carolina. Outside of the office, she can be found at a park with her daughter and their dog or running, biking or swimming.
Sarah Nagae Wins Legal Award
Named Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite for 2015
Raleigh-based trademark attorney Sarah Nagae has won the prestigious Legal Elite award for Intellectual Property, as published in the January issue of Business North Carolina magazine. “It is a tremendous honor, knowing that the award was determined by the votes of other attorneys,” said Nagae, referring to the selection of Legal Elite winners by peer voting among members of the North Carolina State Bar.
At 40, Nagae is the youngest attorney to win across the 13 legal specialties. She received the greatest number of votes among the 44 attorneys named as Legal Elite in the intellectual property category.
Nagae hopes her recognition will encourage business owners to think of trademarks as a vital part of the IP picture. “Most of us understand the value of patents,” said Nagae, “but protecting your brand names can be every bit as important. Investment in your trademarks is almost always a wise financial move because your marks – especially your business name and logo – are the public representation of your whole company. They are your very essence.”