Jonathan   Wachs
Principal

Contact

Phone: 301.575.0302
Fax: 301.575.0335
Mailing: 8171 Maple Lawn Boulevard ,
Suite 200 , Maple Lawn , MD   20759
Linkedin: Jonathan Wachs

"My clients inspire me to work hard. I cherish the trust they place in my efforts and I know they are counting on me for timely, practical and cost-effective guidance. I am motivated by the examples they set on issues such as team building, risk taking, perseverance and dedication to excellence."

— Jonathan Wachs

PRACTICE FOCUS

Jonathan Wachs provides strategic counseling and operational advice to clients in the areas of intellectual property, commercial transactions, corporate governance and the legal cannabis industry. As a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Group, Jon works closely with clients to develop, register, analyze, enforce, and transfer intellectual property assets in a customized, cost-efficient, and highly effective manner. Additionally, he conducts intellectual property audits through which clients learn the nature and value of their intellectual property assets and the steps needed to protect such assets from misappropriation or dilution.  He also manages a blog about intellectual property issues, Friday Factoids.

As a founder of the firm’s Cannabis Law group, Jon has become a recognized resource on issues relating to the evolving relationship between cannabis law and intellectual property protection.  He has worked with many operators in the cannabis industry to navigate the rules and processes relating to specific state medical cannabis programs.  He is the co-facilitator of Offit Kurman’s Medical Cannabis Affinity Group, a dynamic speaker series featuring national thought leaders on operational issues affecting the cannabis industry.

As a business lawyer, Jon has successfully negotiated and completed many seven and eight figure business transactions and has served as general counsel to several small and mid-sized businesses in various industries and professions. He manages New Paradigm Counsel, a service through which Offit Kurman delivers customized, comprehensive and cost-effective outsourced legal departments. Through New Paradigm Counsel, Jon served as outsourced general counsel for a government contractor, a large printing business, a payment processing company and an identity theft restoration business.

 

POINTS OF DISTINCTION

Jon has developed and managed numerous intellectual property portfolios, expeditiously and successfully resolved business disputes, and negotiated hundreds of business agreements. He has structured, negotiated, and documented transactions regarding the formation, restructuring, sale, and termination of small, midsize, and large business entities and the acquisition, financing and transfer of business assets. He has served as various and diverse clients including cannabis industry businesses (cultivators, processors, dispensaries and independent testing laboratories), software developers, manufacturers, suppliers, real estate developers and medical practices. He has also drafted numerous agreements to license, sell, and/or pledge intellectual property assets in industries including software development, entertainment, textiles, and pest control. Jon represented several manufacturers in obtaining substantial trademark and copyright infringement settlements from national and international businesses.

ACTIVITIES

Jon is the past president of the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland Inc. He is a Mentor for the Towson University Incubator and an evaluator for the Maryland Industrial Partnership Program. He is also actively involved in the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Program. Jon previously served for many years as a director of and associate general counsel for the Jewish Federation of Reading, Pennsylvania and as a member of the board of directors of the Institute of the Arts in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

 

SPEECHES

Jon delivered several seminars to clients, accountants, medical professionals, and the general public regarding subjects including the fundamentals of intellectual property and legal issues for startup businesses. He frequently writes on intellectual property news and issues.

PREVIOUS WORK

Prior to joining Offit Kurman as an intellectual property attorney, Jon worked as an antitrust lawyer at large law firms in Washington, D.C. and as a transactional business attorney in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

 

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Friday Factoid Quiz – 50th Anniversary Of The Moon Landing

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | September 12, 2019

This Summer marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.  Throughout its history, NASA made a huge number of highly valuable contributions not only for the space program but also for the advancement of commercial technology…

Friday Factoid Quiz: Collegiate Monikers, Mascots, and Mottos

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | September 5, 2019

September means it’s back to school time for students. Colleges take great pride in their names, mascots, and mottos, which are highly prized assets and which can be a huge source of revenue for sales of branded merchandise. Celebrate the season by testing your knowledge of these famous marks from the world of collegiate sports.

Friday Factoid Quiz: International Picnic Day

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | August 29, 2019

Although International Picnic Day is officially June 18, every summer day is a good day for a picnic.  To celebrate the occasion and to provide a topic of discussion for your next outdoor meal, test your knowledge of these well-recognized picnic-related brands and famous picnic scenes from the movies:

Friday Factoid Quiz: National Matchmaker Day

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | August 22, 2019

National Matchmaker Day is celebrated each August 31st to honor those who help others fall in love. To recognize the intellectual property used by matchmakers in the 21st Century, test yourself on the names, logos and technology associated with these Internet dating apps:

Friday Factoid Quiz: Seven

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | August 15, 2019

August 2019 marks the seventh anniversary for Friday Factoids®. To mark the occasion, test your knowledge of these intellectual property assets relating to the number seven:

Friday Factoid Quiz: National Golf Month

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | August 8, 2019

August is National Golf Month. The history of the current game of golf can be traced to Scotland in 1457. …

Friday Factoid Quiz: Clowns

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | August 1, 2019

International Clown Week is August 1-7 each year. To mark the occasion, test your knowledge of these intellectual property assets as they relate to clowns appearing in movies, songs, books, television shows, and Broadway musicals:

Friday Factoid Quiz: Baby Day

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | May 30, 2019

Baby Day takes place on May 2nd each year. The youngest among us are not too young to generate and benefit from highly valued intellectual property. To honor this occasion, test your knowledge of these baby-related movies, products, and facts…

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., Washington College of Law, The American University, 1995
  • B.A. (with Departmental Honors), The University of Pennsylvania, 1991
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • Connecticut

Activities

  • Mentor for the Towson University Incubator
  • University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Program
  • Board of Advisors Network for the Maryland Chapter of the Exit Planning Exchange
  • Past President of Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland Inc.

Posts

"Friday Factoid Quiz – 50th Anniversary Of The Moon Landing"

This Summer marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.  Throughout its history, NASA made a huge number of highly valuable contributions not only for the space program but also for the advancement of commercial technology...

"Friday Factoid Quiz: Collegiate Monikers, Mascots, and Mottos"

September means it’s back to school time for students. Colleges take great pride in their names, mascots, and mottos, which are highly prized assets and which can be a huge source of revenue for sales of branded merchandise. Celebrate the season by testing your knowledge of these famous marks from the world of collegiate sports.

"Friday Factoid Quiz: International Picnic Day"

Although International Picnic Day is officially June 18, every summer day is a good day for a picnic.  To celebrate the occasion and to provide a topic of discussion for your next outdoor meal, test your knowledge of these well-recognized picnic-related brands and famous picnic scenes from the movies:

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