A member of Husch Blackwell’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, Nathan is a registered patent attorney, representing clients in a full range of intellectual property matters including patent, trade secret, trademark, domain name, unfair competition and copyright matters. He provides business and legal guidance relating to patent and trademark portfolio management, corporate intellectual property policies and technology development and acquisition. Throughout his practice, Nathan has guided start-up entrepreneurs, investors, mid-cap companies and large multinational corporations in developing strategies for acquiring, protecting, licensing and enforcing intellectual property rights worldwide.
Nathan has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications, obtaining patent protection on inventions, conducting infringement evaluations, analyzing patent validity and preparing freedom to operate opinions. He assists clients across industries with technologies related to automotive components, consumer packaging and methods of manufacture, industrial machinery, motion capture systems, building and construction products, water treatment systems and methods, watercraft and marine components, aircraft tracking and control systems, medical devices and equipment, military special operations equipment, power tools, electrical motors, irrigation equipment, optics, firearm scopes, sporting goods, software programs and food products. Nathan’s broad experience has included:
● Management of international patent and trademark portfolios for both domestic and foreign corporations.
● Obtaining patents and trademarks to expand the scope of protection and limit competition for various manufacturers. Designing patent portfolios to protect the products clients manufacture, as well as the machinery and methods used to produce those products.
● Drafting and prosecuting hundreds of patent and trademark applications for clients in a variety of technologies.
● Representing several companies in the consumer products industry in freedom to operate analyses, design-around efforts and obtaining protection for new products prior to market entry.
● Drafting and negotiating complex software development agreements and software license agreements on behalf of developers and customers.
Additionally, Nathan has special expertise with technology-related transactions, including drafting and negotiation of complex agreements related to software development, software licensing, software as a service (SaaS) and hosting.
Nathan combines his technology expertise with a background in biological and agricultural engineering, bringing a deep knowledge of precision agriculture and site-specific crop management systems and methods to Husch Blackwell’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) team.
Nathan regularly writes and speaks on intellectual property issues, including international conferences sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. For the last eight years, he has also been a lecturer on intellectual property law for the College of Engineering at Kansas State University.
Prior to his legal career, Nathan focused on engineering, including internships with Caterpillar Inc. and AGCO Corp. He also participated in three international championship student design teams.
|KS||Authorized to practice law||2013||10/19/2021|
|MO||Good Standing, Active||2006||11/09/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|ASAE National Student Engineer of the Year||American Society of Agricultural Engineers||2002|
|Partner | Intellectual Property Attorney||Husch Blackwell LLP||2015 - Present|
|Associate | Intellectual Property Attorney||Husch Blackwell LLP||2006 - 2014|
|Summer Associate||Husch Blackwell LLP||2005 - 2005|
|Summer Associate||Rainey Ross Rice & Binns PLLC||2004 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Kansas Bar Association||2013 - Present|
|The Missouri Bar||2006 - Present|
|American Bar Association||2006 - Present|
|Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association||2006 - Present|
|American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers||1998 - Present|
|Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Industry Insider||Why Startups Should Protect IP Before Making Pitches and Presentations||2015|
|TMT Industry Insider||U.S. Supreme Court Limits Software Patent Eligibility||2014|
|TMT Industry Insider||Software Patent Debate: Will the U.S. Supreme Court Weigh In?||2013|
|TMT Industry Insider||Update: The U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l||2013|
|University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law||JD||2006|
|Kansas State University||B.S.||2003|
|Techweek Kansas City||Raising Capital: Making Your Startup Fundable||2015|
|CLE||Design Patents: Understanding the New Hague Agreement Option||2015|
|CLE||Not Your Father’s Quill and Scroll: The Electronic John Hancock||2014|
|CLE||IP Hot Topic: Software Development Issues||2014|
|CLE||Going on the Offense Against Patent Assertion Entities||2013|
|Annual International Meeting for the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers||Protecting Intellectual Property: What Every Engineer Needs to Know||2013|
|CLE||Leading Intellectual Property Cases of 2012||2012|
|CLE||Patent Reform: The America Invents Act||2012|
|CLE||The America invents Act & Major Changes in Patent Law||2011|
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