Nate Bailey

A registered patent attorney, Nate Bailey focuses on acquiring and enforcing intellectual property rights in the areas of patent, trademark and copyright law, including federal district court litigation and proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Nate’s practice focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation, and he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in jurisdictions across the United States. With undergraduate degrees in physics and chemistry and a master’s degree in electrical engineering, Nate is able to assist clients with IP matters involving virtually any technology and any technical field. For example, Nate has worked in the following technological areas:

  • Semiconductor devices/fabrication
  • IC design, packaging, and interfaces
  • Active solid state and non-linear devices
  • Memory devices (DRAM, EEPROM, buffers)
  • Location based addressing (GPS, GSM-R)
  • Database design/architecture/queries
  • Network architecture and packet routing (BGP, LAN, WAN, DNS)
  • Wireless devices (CDMA, TDMA)
  • Chemical deposition (ALD, PECVD, CVD)
  • Radiation imagery chemistry (photoresists)
  • Food and edible material processes
  • Refrigerants/propellants
  • Synthetic resins (silicone hydrogels, fire retardants, polymers, latexes)
  • Metalworking (shot peening, flux-cored arc welding)

Nate is known for his skill at clearly communicating complex concepts in the courtroom. Clients value his ability to explain the litigation process and its potential impact on their business operations.

Earlier in his career, Nate worked at the Trial Division of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  While at the USPTO, he worked in multiple technological areas, including electrical, computer, mechanical and chemical arts.  At the USPTO, Nate twice earned the USPTO's Special Achievement Award for Superior Performance, and he was ranked as the #1 Patent Attorney in quality ratings at the PTAB during his final fiscal year. Nate also previously practiced with a patent boutique firm in the Washington, D.C. area, where he participated in all aspects of IP litigation. 


  • Represented both patent owners and petitioners in inter partes reviews at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)
  • Represented parties in opposition and cancellation proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)
  • Represent clients in district court litigation including patent, trademark, and copyright cases
  • Twice earned the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Special Achievement Award for Superior Performance and was ranked the #1 Patent Attorney in quality rankings during his final fiscal year at the PTAB


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations
  • Co-Chair, Nashville Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee
  • Member, Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA)
  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Vice-Chair, IEEE Intellectual Property Committee
  • PACE Chair, IEEE Central Tennessee Section
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, IEEE NOVA Section
  • Former PACE Chair, IEEE NOVA Section
  • Former GOLD Chair, IEEE NOVA Section
  • Former Member, H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition Committee, Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI)

Prior Affiliations

  • Associate, Waddey & Patterson, PC, Nashville, Tenn., 2012-2015
  • Patent Attorney, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Washington, D.C., 2011-2012
  • Associate, Greenblum & Bernstein, PLC, Washington, D.C., 2008-2011
  • Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Glen M. Williams, United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 2007-2008
  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable G. Patrick Murphy, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2006


  • J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law, 2007
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Best Brief Award, National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
    • Best Oralist Award, Intramural Moot Court Competition
    • Honors Award, Lawyering Skills Oral Advocacy
  • M.S., cum laude, Southern Illinois University, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2007
  • B.S., East Tennessee State University, Physics, Chemistry and Philosophy, 2004
    • Unsung Hero Award

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

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Nate is an avid baseball fan, and he roots for the Atlanta Braves. He also enjoys golf.