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 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.

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: Baby Day

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | May 30, 2019

Baby Day takes place on May 2nd each year. The youngest among us are not too young to generate and benefit from highly valued intellectual property. To honor this occasion, test your knowledge of these baby-related movies, products, and facts…

Friday Factoid Quiz: National Wine Day

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | May 23, 2019

May 25th is National Wine Day.  Although beer brands are often more widely recognized than wine brands, wine-related marks and logos possess tremendous market value.  To mark this occasion, test your knowledge of these wine-related brands and logos…

Friday Factoid: Horse Edition

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | May 16, 2019

PREAKNESS®, the second jewel of the TRIPLE CROWN®, will happen on May 18, 2019!!! To celebrate the occasion, test your knowledge of these horse-themed logos and creative works…

Friday Factoid Quiz: Flowers Edition

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | May 9, 2019

Because April showers bring May flowers and because Mother’s Day serves as a great opportunity to buy flowers, test your knowledge of these logos and other intellectual property assets associated with flowers…

New USPTO Examination Guide Offers Opportunities For Registration of Trademarks For Certain Hemp-Related Goods And Services After Enactment of The 2018 Farm Bill

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | May 8, 2019

On May 2, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) published Examination Guide 1-19 titled Examination of Marks…

Friday Factoid Quiz: Taurus

By Jon Wachs, Esq. | May 2, 2019

April 20 through May 21 marks the season of Taurus, the astrological zodiac sign represented by the symbol of a bull.  In honor of this month, test your knowledge of these bull-themed logos and creative works.

Friday Factoid Quiz: 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 Factoid Quiz: 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…

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: Baby Day"

Baby Day takes place on May 2nd each year. The youngest among us are not too young to generate and benefit from highly valued intellectual property. To honor this occasion, test your knowledge of these baby-related movies, products, and facts...

"Friday Factoid Quiz: National Wine Day"

May 25th is National Wine Day.  Although beer brands are often more widely recognized than wine brands, wine-related marks and logos possess tremendous market value.  To mark this occasion, test your knowledge of these wine-related brands and logos...

"Friday Factoid: Horse Edition"

PREAKNESS®, the second jewel of the TRIPLE CROWN®, will happen on May 18, 2019!!! To celebrate the occasion, test your knowledge of these horse-themed logos and creative works...

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