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Nate Garhart

Cobalt LLP

Berkeley, CA, USA

Nate Garhart understands that his role is to help his clients get the job done. Whether he’s registering trademarks that represent the business, protecting copyright assets of the business, or negotiating any of various agreements that are necessary for the business, he knows that his job is to enable the client to do its job – not hold things up.

Nate also works with clients on their advertising, marketing, and other promotional activity transaction needs, similarly helping ensure that all necessary rights have been considered and the risks associated with any given activity have been explored, understood, and minimized.

Whether he’s working with a high-tech startup, a public company, or a nonprofit entity, Nate’s expertise helps his clients ensure that they are protecting and securing their intellectual property and other rights as intended.

Nate is a member of the California and New York State Bars, as well as the American Bar Association. He served as Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Barristers Club for the San Francisco Bar Association. He is also a member of the International Trademark Association and the Copyright Society of the USA and is a frequent speaker on trademark and copyright issues for groups such as the Practicing Law Institute and the American Bar Association. Recently, he also presented on intellectual property issues in social media. During law school, Nate was Research Editor for the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law.

Nate has served on the boards of various nonprofit organizations, including the California Autism Society and the Tel-Hi Neighborhood Center, which provides cultural and educational activities for the community in the North Beach, Chinatown, and Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhoods in San Francisco.

Nate also volunteers with the National Ski Patrol and is currently on the patrol at the Northstar California resort in the Lake Tahoe area.

Special Expertise

  • Trademark prosecution and disputes;
  • Licensing;
  • Copyright registration and enforcement;
  • Contract drafting and negotiation.


  • University of Pittsburgh: Bachelor of Arts, English, with honors, 1993;
  • Duke University: Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1996.

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