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 and outsourced legal departments. As head 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.

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. He also coordinates the Board of Advisors Network for the Maryland Chapter of the Exit Planning Exchange. 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: Nobel Laureates

By Jon Wachs Esq. | December 13, 2018

December 10th marked the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel.  On this date each year, the Nobel Prizes (except…

Friday Factoid Quiz: Walt Disney

By Jon Wachs Esq. | December 6, 2018

Walt Disney was born on December 5th, 1901.  To honor this legend and pioneer in the world of intellectual property,…

Friday Factoid Quiz: Sesame Street

By Jon Wachs Esq. | November 29, 2018

November 10, 2018 marked the beginning of the 50th season for this highly popular children’s television show.  To honor the…

Friday Factoid Quiz: Turkey

By Jon Wachs Esq. | November 22, 2018

After yesterday’s celebration of Thanksgiving, it is time to test your knowledge of these intellectual property-related facts relating to turkey:…

Friday Factoid Quiz: Basketball Sneaker Royalties

By Jon Wachs Esq. | November 15, 2018

Elite NBA athletes earn far more in trademark royalties from shoe endorsement deals than they earn from playing basketball. In…

Friday Factoid Quiz: Veterans Day

By Jon Wachs Esq. | November 8, 2018

One hundred years ago, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at 11:11 am, World War I ended.  We…

Friday Factoid Quiz: Presidential Slogan Marks

By Jon Wachs Esq. | November 1, 2018

  In honor of Election Day, test your knowledge of famous Presidential slogans. Which U.S. President or Presidential candidate is…

Friday Factoid Quiz: Costumes

By Jon Wachs Esq. | October 25, 2018

Happy Halloween!!! While you prepare for next week’s festivities, you can answer these intellectual property-related questions regarding costumes.    …

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: Nobel Laureates"

December 10th marked the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel.  On this date each year, the Nobel Prizes (except…

"Friday Factoid Quiz: Walt Disney"

Walt Disney was born on December 5th, 1901.  To honor this legend and pioneer in the world of intellectual property,…

"Friday Factoid Quiz: Sesame Street"

November 10, 2018 marked the beginning of the 50th season for this highly popular children’s television show.  To honor the…

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