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, medical cannabis regulations and outsourced legal departments. 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. As a business lawyer, he has successfully negotiated and completed several multimillion dollar business transactions and has served as general counsel to several small and midsize businesses and organizations in various industries and professions. He also manages a blog about intellectual property issues, Friday Factoids. Mr. Wachs co-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. As founder of the firm’s Cannabis Law Group, Jon helped several companies to navigate the complex rules and processes relating to specific state medical cannabis programs.

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 (partnerships, corporations and limited liability entities) and the acquisition, financing and transfer of business assets. He has also negotiated and effectuated sales and leases of raw land, residences, commercial property, and condominium units. Mr. Wachs has served various and diverse clients including internet companies, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, consultants, restaurants, 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. He has negotiated, documented and implemented various corporate transactions including a multifaceted, multiparty transaction involving a client's acquisition of an $80,000,000 business division.

Activities

Jon also organizes and facilitates two affinity groups for owners and executives of emerging companies in the Baltimore-Washington region.  One group is comprised of owners of food and beverage businesses and the second group is comprised of entrepreneurs following the medical cannabis industry in Maryland.

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, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and legal issues for startup businesses. He frequently writes on intellectual property news and issues. In 2014, he was featured in The Legal Intelligencer, for his article titled, "Canada's Anti-Spam Law Raises Questions for U.S. Companies". He also publishes a weekly blog on intellectual property issues, which is available at www.fridayfactoids.com.

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 Factoid Quiz: Fairy Tales

By Jon Wachs Esq. | February 21, 2019

ebruary 26th is National Fairy Tale Day!  When an original version of a legendary story is first published, the writer has created what can become a highly valuable work.  Although the copyright in an original published version of a fairy tale is limited to the creator’s words and/or images, others may freely create adaptions of this work after the copyright in the original work has expired.  To celebrate this occasion, test your knowledge of some of the world’s most famous fairy tales.

Friday Factoid Quiz: Inventions by Women

By Jon Wachs Esq. | February 14, 2019

February 15th is the birthday of civil rights pioneer Susan B. Anthony. On this day, we honor our nation’s efforts to promote equal treatment for women. To honor the occasion, test your knowledge of the following items invented by women. Did you know in the early years of our nation’s history a woman could not obtain a patent in her own name because her property was required to be titled in the name of her father or husband?

Friday Factoid Quiz: Hearts, Chocolate and Flowers

By Jon Wachs Esq. | February 7, 2019

Valentine’s Day will be here soon!!!  To honor the season of love, test your knowledge of these company logos associated with hearts, chocolate and flowers.

Friday Factoid Quiz: Airlines

By Jon Wachs Esq. | January 31, 2019

February 4 marks the 116th anniversary of the day Charles Lindbergh was born. To honor the first person to fly an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean, test your knowledge of these airline-related logos.

Friday Factoid Quiz: NFL Nicknames

By Jon Wachs Esq. | January 24, 2019

Many NFL teams and players adopt and use nicknames that can be registered with the USPTO or otherwise protected.  In honor of Super Bowl LIII to be played on February 3, test your knowledge of these NFL-related nicknames…

Offit Kurman Announces Collaboration with Cannabis Law Firm

By Jon Wachs Esq. | January 22, 2019

After a busy 2018, the quickly expanding law firm Offit Kurman is forming a collaboration between its cannabis law practice and law firm Vicente Sederberg to better serve its clients entering new markets.

Friday Factoid Quiz: Works of Art

By Jon Wachs Esq. | January 17, 2019

January 31 is National Art Day!  The copyright in a painting is owned by the artist (or its estate or heirs), unless the painting was made as a work for hire or the copyright was assigned or has expired.  Celebrate Art Day by testing your knowledge of these famous paintings

Friday Factoid Quiz: Century Marks

By Jon Wachs Esq. | January 10, 2019

2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the KITCHENAID® stand mixer and its related iconic brand.  In honor of this brand reaching the “century mark,” test your knowledge of company names that are now more than 100 years old.

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: Fairy Tales"

ebruary 26th is National Fairy Tale Day!  When an original version of a legendary story is first published, the writer has created what can become a highly valuable work.  Although the copyright in an original published version of a fairy tale is limited to the creator’s words and/or images, others may freely create adaptions of this work after the copyright in the original work has expired.  To celebrate this occasion, test your knowledge of some of the world’s most famous fairy tales.

"Friday Factoid Quiz: Inventions by Women"

February 15th is the birthday of civil rights pioneer Susan B. Anthony. On this day, we honor our nation’s efforts to promote equal treatment for women. To honor the occasion, test your knowledge of the following items invented by women. Did you know in the early years of our nation’s history a woman could not obtain a patent in her own name because her property was required to be titled in the name of her father or husband?

"Friday Factoid Quiz: Hearts, Chocolate and Flowers"

Valentine’s Day will be here soon!!!  To honor the season of love, test your knowledge of these company logos associated with hearts, chocolate and flowers.

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