Jonathan   Wachs
Principal

Contact

Phone: 301.575.0302
Fax: 301.575.0335
Mailing: 8171 Maple Lawn Boulevard ,
Suite 200 , Maple Lawn , MD   20759
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"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: German Brands

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | November 7, 2019

November 9th, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the date when East Germany eased travel restrictions to West Germany and border guards permitted open passage through the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. With the removal of the Berlin Wall, people, goods, and ideas flowed freely between West Germany and East Germany. To recognize the day that symbolizes the reunification of Germany, test your knowledge of these famous German brands:

A Lesson on Trademarks

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | November 6, 2019

Watch this video to get an overview of trademarks and how they work and then download our Intellectual Property Audit Checklist to make sure that you are making the most of your IP assets!

Friday Factoid Quiz: The Simpsons

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | October 31, 2019

In 2019, The Simpsons completed its 30th season as a full-length animated television show. While this series is regarded as one of the funniest shows in television history, the economic value created from The Simpsons is serious business: FX Networks paid $750 million for cable syndication and video on-demand rights to the series, the show generated billions of dollars in branded merchandise sales and its spinoff movie grossed $527.9 million on a budget of only $75 million.  To celebrate the longest-running primetime scripted series in television history (with 666 episodes as of the 2019 Halloween episode), test your knowledge of the intellectual property associated with The Simpsons:

Friday Factoid Quiz: Technology Entrepreneurs

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | October 24, 2019

October 28, 2019, is the 64th birthday of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Gates became a billionaire by age 31 and is well known for his many contributions to the fields of technology, business, philanthropy and world health. To honor Bill Gates and his accomplishments, test your knowledge of these famous American entrepreneurs and technology company founders:

Friday Factoid Quiz: Flags of the World

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | October 17, 2019

October 24th is United Nations Day, the anniversary of the date when the UN Charter became effective. Flags display colors,…

Friday Factoid Quiz: Elephant-Related IP

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | October 3, 2019

Although National Elephant Appreciation Day is formally celebrated September 22nd, it is always a good time to recognize Thailand’s national animal. To honor these majestic (and unfortunately endangered) creatures, test your knowledge of several famous fictional elephants and elephant brands:

Friday Factoid Quiz: International Literacy Day

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | September 26, 2019

International Literacy Day is observed on September 8th each year to highlight efforts to improve the global literacy rate. To recognize the need for improved world literacy and underscore the inspiring power of great literary works, test your ability to identify the authors and works associated with these passages from famous books:

Friday Factoid Quiz: Woodstock 50th Anniversary

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | September 19, 2019

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair – one of history’s most memorable displays of creative talent. To recognize the people, events, and music of Woodstock, test your knowledge of these facts from the event known as 3 DAYS OF PEACE AND MUSIC:

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: German Brands"

November 9th, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the date when East Germany eased travel restrictions to West Germany and border guards permitted open passage through the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. With the removal of the Berlin Wall, people, goods, and ideas flowed freely between West Germany and East Germany. To recognize the day that symbolizes the reunification of Germany, test your knowledge of these famous German brands:

"A Lesson on Trademarks"

Watch this video to get an overview of trademarks and how they work and then download our Intellectual Property Audit Checklist to make sure that you are making the most of your IP assets!

"Friday Factoid Quiz: The Simpsons"

In 2019, The Simpsons completed its 30th season as a full-length animated television show. While this series is regarded as one of the funniest shows in television history, the economic value created from The Simpsons is serious business: FX Networks paid $750 million for cable syndication and video on-demand rights to the series, the show generated billions of dollars in branded merchandise sales and its spinoff movie grossed $527.9 million on a budget of only $75 million.  To celebrate the longest-running primetime scripted series in television history (with 666 episodes as of the 2019 Halloween episode), test your knowledge of the intellectual property associated with The Simpsons:

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