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, Mr. Wachs 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. Mr. Wachs 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

Mr. Wachs 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. Mr. Wachs 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. Mr. Wachs represented several manufacturers in obtaining substantial trademark and copyright infringement settlements from national and international businesses.

ACTIVITIES

Mr. Wachs 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. Mr. Wachs is also actively involved in the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Program. Mr. Wachs 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

Mr. Wachs 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, Mr. Wachs 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 Factoids: World Intellectual Property Day

By Jon Wachs Esq. | April 25, 2019

World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated each year on April 26th. To mark the occasion, test your knowledge of these inventions, inventors and IP battles from around the world…

Friday Factoids: Superheroes

By Jon Wachs Esq. | April 18, 2019

National Superhero Day is observed annually on April 28 as a day to honor superheroes, both real and fictional. The…

Friday Factoids: Board Games

By Jon Wachs Esq. | April 11, 2019

April 13th is National Scrabble Day. This day honors the birthday of the game’s inventor, Alfred Mosher Butts, who developed…

Friday Factoids: National Siblings Day

By Jon Wachs Esq. | April 4, 2019

April 10th is National Siblings Day. This holiday was created in 1995 and is now widely observed both on social media and offline. To mark this occasion and to celebrate…

Friday Factoids: BARBIE®

By Jon Wachs Esq. | March 28, 2019

March 9th, 2019 marked the 60th anniversary of the day BARBIE® was introduced at the American Toy Fair in New…

Friday Factoid: Pisces

By Jon Wachs Esq. | March 21, 2019

For those who believe in astrology, people born between February 19 and March 20 are Pisces. The Pisces symbol consists of two fish swimming in opposite directions. To recognize our Pisces friends and relatives, test your knowledge of these fish-related intellectual property assets.

Friday Factoids: St. Patrick’s Day

By Jon Wachs Esq. | March 14, 2019

On March 17th, we will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades and green beer. Although this day was originally celebrated as a religious holiday, it has become a day to honor Irish history and culture. To mark the occasion, test your knowledge of these Irish-related intellectual property facts.

Friday Factoid: Alexander Graham Bell

By Jon Wachs Esq. | March 7, 2019

On March 3, 1847, Alexander Graham Bell was born.  This Scottish born inventor is credited with creating and patenting the first telephone, and Bell also founded AT&T in 1885.  To honor this pioneer in the field of communications technology and business, test your knowledge on these intellectual property-related facts pertaining to telephones and the communications industry.

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 Factoids: World Intellectual Property Day"

World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated each year on April 26th. To mark the occasion, test your knowledge of these inventions, inventors and IP battles from around the world...

"Friday Factoids: Superheroes"

National Superhero Day is observed annually on April 28 as a day to honor superheroes, both real and fictional. The…

"Friday Factoids: Board Games"

April 13th is National Scrabble Day. This day honors the birthday of the game’s inventor, Alfred Mosher Butts, who developed…

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