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 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: 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:

Friday Factoid Quiz: 2019-2020 – The Eyes Have It

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | December 26, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! While 2020 represents the new year, it is also associated with perfect vision. To mark the occasion, test your knowledge of these intellectual property-themed items relating to eyes and vision:

Friday Factoid Quiz: Seinfeld

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | December 19, 2019

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the series premiere for Seinfeld, the NBC sitcom created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. Several popular terms and catchphrases made famous by the show (such as No Soup for You, Yada Yada Yada and Low Talker) are still widely recognized more than 20 years after the end of the series. To honor the intellectual property created by this 1990s hit comedy show, test yourself with this Seinfeld trivia:

Friday Factoid Quiz: Top Inventions of 2019

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | December 12, 2019

Each year, companies introduce transformative products that make our lives more enjoyable and easier. These innovative products are built upon the inspiration and perspiration of world-class inventors. They are likely to be the subject of patent and trademark applications and plans for the development and sale of these products are likely guarded as trade secrets. Test your knowledge of these leading inventions from 2019 – which were recognized on this year’s “Best Inventions” list from Time magazine:

Friday Factoid Quiz: Popular Brands That Are Often Misused

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | December 5, 2019

The USPTO can cancel the registration of a mark that becomes the generic word for an entire category of products instead of a proprietary word to identify the offerings of a specific company. Terms such as cellophane, escalator, laundromat, thermos, and trampoline used to be proprietary marks but are now treated as generic words. Companies sometimes use the word BRAND and a generic product description after their marks (i.e., KLEENEX® brand facial tissues) so their marks are not treated as generic. Test your knowledge of these popular brands, which are sometimes used to reference a general category of products but are still registered with the USPTO:

Friday Factoid Quiz: Red Planet Day

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | November 28, 2019

November 28th is known as “Red Planet Day.” On this day in 1964, NASA launched Mariner 4 (a robotic interplanetary probe) to study Mars, which is also known as the “Red Planet.” During its eight-month mission, Mariner 4 became the first spacecraft to capture close-up images of Mars. To recognize the amazing achievements of Mariner 4 and the scientific efforts that followed, test your knowledge of these intellectual property-related facts about Mars:

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: Celebrating Ben Franklin"

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"

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"

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:

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