David Nagle is a Registered Patent Attorney who has been with the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group at Stites & Harbison since its inception in 2000. With more than two decades of experience in patent and intellectual property matters and an advanced engineering degree, his knowledge and technical expertise allows him to deftly assist clients in navigating often complex business and legal issues.
David has extensive experience prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications covering a wide range of subject matter, including machines, consumer products, medical devices, and software-implemented innovations. He also routinely counsels clients on trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters, and he regularly negotiates and prepares licensing agreements and other contracts implicating intellectual property rights. David is recognized as a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP™), a designation which acknowledges licensing professionals who have demonstrated their experience and proficiency in licensing and the commercialization of intellectual property.
Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements
Patents, Trade Secrets, Copyrights, and Trademarks – Selecting the Right Protection for Your Intellectual Property Assets
The Lane Report, Research Kentucky 2018, March 2018
The Goods, magazine of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), May 2015
Medical News, April 20, 2015
U.S. House of Representatives Continue to Press for Patent Litigation Reform
Professional Insight, Business First of Louisville, March 2, 2015
Intellectual Property 101: What It Means To You
KyCPA Mega Conference, November 3, 2014
Patents reserved for select set of restaurant innovations
Business First, by Andrew Robinson, February 14, 2014
Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks & Venture Capital
Kentucky Bar Association, 16th Annual Issues for Corporate House Counsel Seminar, April 12, 2006
The Power of Angel Investing
Panelist, University of Louisville School of Business, May 26, 2005
Kentucky Commercialization & Entrepreneurial Institute, April 19, 2001
Guest Lecturer, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, Fall 2000
Fundamentals of Patent Law
Louisville Bar Association, May 21, 1999
Develops and implements global patent strategies for a multinational company that designs and installs conveyor systems and material handling equipment for customers around the world.
Serves as outside intellectual property counsel to a leading provider of data and analytics solutions for addressing safety, fraud, risk, and compliance issues for government and commercial enterprises.
Develops and implements patent strategies for protecting products developed and sold by a leading manufacturer of personal protective equipment and systems.
Provides patent and trademark counsel to a well-known international manufacturer of commercial kitchen equipment.
Serves as outside patent counsel to one of the world's leading restaurant companies, developing appropriate patent strategies to protect new food products, food preparation methods, and related equipment.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group, former Co-Chair
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law, Member
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Member
Licensing Executives Society International
International Trademark Association
University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Saul Lefkowitz National Trademark Moot Court Team, Member
nominated for the American Bar Association's "Jan Jancin Award for Outstanding Student Achievement in Intellectual Property Law"
M.E., with high honors, Mechanical Engineering,
University of Louisville, Speed Scientific School
Herschede Graduate Engineering Scholarship, 1994-95
B.S., with high honors, Mechanical Engineering,
University of Louisville, Speed Scientific School
University of Louisville Trustees' Scholarship 1990-95
Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society
Mortar Board National Honor Society
ODK National Leadership Honor Society
Engineer-in-Training, Commonwealth of Kentucky
More Than Stites & Harbison
Prior to joining Stites & Harbison, David was an Associate with Wheat, Smith & Beres, which merged into Stites & Harbison on January 1, 2000. As a mechanical engineering undergraduate, he worked in a generation facility for a major Midwestern utility company. David is an avid sports fan and spends many of his weekends attending college football and basketball games.
Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
Best Lawyers in America®, Patent Law and Trade Secrets Law (2017-22)
Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year in Patent Law (2021)
Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2013-20)
Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Intellectual Property (2010-21)
Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2013-22)
Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Attorneys in Kentucky (2020, 2022)
Business First of Louisville, Forty Under 40 (2009)
Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer (2016)
David Nagle is held in high regard as a "very well-respected patent attorney."
- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2020
David Nagle is the best there is in intellectual property. This guy knows his stuff and gets it done quickly and more effectively than any lawyer I deal with. I cannot recommend him more strongly.
- Best Lawyers in America, Client Comment (2017)
. . . draws praise for his work on patent and trademark issues . . . particularly noted for his patent prosecution expertise, including both domestic and cross-border applications.
- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2016
He takes our innovation and ideas and turns them into patents.
- Chambers USA, 2010