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 counsel to 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.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  • Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent® Top Rated Lawyers
  • Named as one of SmartCEO’s 2010 “Legal Elite” for Baltimore and Washington, as one of the “go-to attorneys” in the areas of intellectual property law, business transactions, and real estate law, based on a poll of the magazine’s readers.
  • Named as one of 2015 SmartCEO’s CPA & ESQ award winners, dedicated to recognizing Baltimore’s “most enterprising accountants and attorneys for their leadership, accomplishment, innovation and success.”
  • Named as a 2016 winner of a SmartCEO Center of Influence Award, dedicated to “honoring the leadership, innovation, impact, and success of the Baltimore region’s most enterprising accountants, attorneys and bankers.”
  • Mr. Wachs’ work in creating Offit Kurman’s Cannabis Law Practice earned Offit Kurman a 2016 Innovator of the Year Award from The Maryland Daily Record, which award is dedicated to honoring businesses and organizations that “have created new products, services or programs that have had a positive effect on business, industry or the community.”

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: Mardi Gras-Related Names

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | February 20, 2020

During February, people in New Orleans enjoy large and festive Mardi Gras parades and parties. The parades occur during the two weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, the day before Ash Wednesday (when Lent begins). The parades provide a great opportunity to witness decorative floats, elaborate costumes, original music and other forms of creative artistic expression. Many parades are named for characters from ancient mythology and are conducted by social clubs known as “krewes.” To mark this annual cultural celebration, test your knowledge of these branded Mardi Gras-related product and event names:

USPTO Update: Owner Email Address Requirement

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | February 19, 2020

This is an update to our recent announcement of the new US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rule requiring direct…

Friday Factoid Quiz: Red Logos and Trademarks

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | February 13, 2020

Red is the color of Valentine’s Day, love, hearts, passion, romance, and anger. It is also the color of several famous logos, marks, and works of art. Test your knowledge of these red-themed items of popular intellectual property:

Friday Factoid Quiz: British Brands

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | January 30, 2020

January 31, 2020, is slated to be “Brexit Day” – the day on which the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. To mark the occasion, test your knowledge of these famous British marks:

Friday Factoid Quiz: Pseudonyms and Stage Names

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | January 23, 2020

January 8th, 2020 would have been the 73rd birthday for David Bowie. The singer and songwriter was born as David Robert Jones, but he adopted a new public name to avoid confusion with the established celebrity musician David Jones, a/k/a Davy Jones of The Monkees. Many authors, musicians, and actors adopt new names to distinguish themselves from others, preserve their anonymity and/or use names that are perceived to possess greater brand strength. To honor David Bowie and his creative spirit, test your knowledge of these well-recognized pseudonyms and fictitious stage names:

Friday Factoid Quiz: Celebrating Ben Franklin

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | January 16, 2020

Ben Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 – 314 years ago! To celebrate the birthday and life of a man who was both a well-loved Founding Father and one of our country’s greatest inventors, test your knowledge of these innovations and published works from Ben Franklin:

Friday Factoid Quiz: Consumer Electronics Brands

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | January 9, 2020

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the nation’s largest annual convention, provides an early look at the latest technological advancements for the electronic products we love to purchase and use. Last year’s CES attracted more than 175,000 attendees. The 2020 show – the 53rd CES – is being held in Las Vegas from January 7-10. To mark the occasion, test your knowledge of trademarks for these leading brands from the world of consumer electronics:

Friday Factoid Quiz: Blue Logos

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | January 2, 2020

Pantone, which maintains the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM of colors used by many companies in the graphic design, fashion design, product design, manufacturing and printing industries, named its Classic Blue (color 19-4052) as the color of the year for 2020, which is identified as “a reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection.” Color claims are often used as part of a registered mark and can add value to the strength of a proprietary brand. To celebrate 2020’s Color of the Year, test your knowledge of these famous blue brands:

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: Mardi Gras-Related Names"

During February, people in New Orleans enjoy large and festive Mardi Gras parades and parties. The parades occur during the two weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, the day before Ash Wednesday (when Lent begins). The parades provide a great opportunity to witness decorative floats, elaborate costumes, original music and other forms of creative artistic expression. Many parades are named for characters from ancient mythology and are conducted by social clubs known as “krewes.” To mark this annual cultural celebration, test your knowledge of these branded Mardi Gras-related product and event names:

"USPTO Update: Owner Email Address Requirement"

This is an update to our recent announcement of the new US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rule requiring direct…

"Friday Factoid Quiz: Red Logos and Trademarks"

Red is the color of Valentine’s Day, love, hearts, passion, romance, and anger. It is also the color of several famous logos, marks, and works of art. Test your knowledge of these red-themed items of popular intellectual property:

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