Nicole has over 20 years of experience advising clients with respect to intellectual property matters. Her practice focuses on all areas of trademark and unfair competition law including clearance, portfolio management, prosecution, enforcement, litigation, due diligence, false advertising, licensing, trademark use and misuse, and use in connection with social media. She has significant experience in the Federal Courts and at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).
Nicole also represents clients with respect to copyright, trade secret, right of privacy, right of publicity, and defamation issues.
Nicole has been recognized as a leader in the field of trademark law by World Trademark Review in its “WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals” directory from 2015-2020. In the 2020 ranking, she is described as someone who “maintains a substantial prosecution and portfolio management practice. When disputes arise, she adopts a business-focused approach and takes emotion out of the case, working cooperatively with opposing counsel to bring about win- win resolutions.”
In 2021, Nicole was named a “Go To Lawyer” for intellectual property by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Nicole is a member of the International Trademark Association and is a former member of the Mediation, Internet, and Emerging Issues Committees.
Before joining Beck Reed Riden LLP, Ms. Gage was Special Counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP and a Partner at Fish & Richardson, P.C. prior to that. Prior to her legal career, she worked as a process engineer with Mobil Oil Corporation on the improvement of refinery processes.
Boston University Annual Guest Lecturer, IP Overview (2010-2019)
“Intellectual Property Basics Plus,” MCLE (2011-2018)
“Trademark Selection and Protection – The Basics,” Boston Bar Association (2016 and 2018)
“IP Year in Review — Trademarks,” Boston Bar Association (2018)
“Trademark Licensing and Due Diligence,” Foley & Lardner LLP (2015)
“Choosing, Using and Guarding Trademarks and Copyrighted Works in a Cost-Effective Manner,” presented at Catapult Chicago (April 29, 2014)
“Best Practices Guide for Corporate Use of Social Media,” Boston Bar Association (2013)
“Intellectual Property Law Update: Copyright, Trademark, and Domain Names,” presented to New England Corporate Counsel Association, Inc. (February 3, 2010)
“Maximize Your Branding Dollar to Get the Most From Your Trademarks,” presented at the Foley Executive Briefing Series in Boston, MA (March 25, 2009)
“What’s Your Next Move: IP in the New Business Reality,” moderator (October 6, 2009)
INTA: Former member of the Mediation, Internet, and Emerging Issues Committees
Foley & Lardner LLP / NITA Deposition & Motions Practice Training Instructor
Boston Bar Association: IP Committee Member – Co-Chair IP Year-In-Review; former Co-Chair IT and Internet Committee and IP Basics Committee
City Year Boston: Women’s Breakfast Committee Co-Chair
Youth Soccer/Futsal Coach
Brand counseling, clearance, protection, and enforcement
Trademark portfolio management and counseling
Trademark, unfair competition, false advertising, copyright, trade secret, right of privacy and right of publicity, and defamation litigation
Intellectual Property due dilligence
Licensing and contract negotiation relative to intellectual property
University of Colorado at Boulder (B.S., chemical engineering, 1990)
University of Pennsylvania Law School (1996)
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
International Trademark Association
Copyright Society of the USA
Boston Bar Association