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JOSH GERBEN, ESQ.

Firm Founder & Principal

Josh Gerben, Esq. is the founder and principal of Gerben Law Firm. In 2008, Mr. Gerben started the firm to provide high-quality trademark services at reasonable prices. Today, he is recognized by the World Trademark Review as a top trademark filer, having registered over 4,000 trademarks.

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ERIC PERROTT, ESQ.

Trademark & Copyright Attorney

Eric J. Perrott, Esq. is a trademark and copyright attorney with Gerben Law Firm. Eric utilizes his advanced knowledge of technology to better provide industry-specific trademark and copyright advice. Having worked at a large global intellectual property firm before joining Gerben Law, Eric provides big firm know-how at a fraction of what big firms charge.

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COLLEEN WELLINGTON, ESQ.

Associate Attorney

Colleen Wellington, Esq. is an associate attorney with Gerben Law Firm, PLLC. Prior to and throughout law school she worked with an international intellectual property trade association, serving owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

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BENJAMIN HANRAHAN, ESQ.

Of Counsel

Benjamin Hanrahan, Esq. is a Registered Patent attorney, Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law by the Florida Bar, and a top-rated attorney recognized by Super Lawyers.

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Our Staff

Steve Gerben

STEVE GERBEN

Senior Trademark Paralegal

Steve Gerben is the chief paralegal of Gerben Law Firm and leads the firm’s trademark search and clearance department. Steve has managed thousands of trademark search requests, and, is the master of finding a needle in the haystack.

Madison Smith

MADISON SMITH

Trademark Paralegal

Madison Smith is a certified paralegal who assists the firm’s trademark attorneys.  She is also the friendly voice you will hear on the phone if you are running too close to a deadline. Madison supports the attorneys to provide cost-effective and efficient solutions to clients’ legal issues.

Rachael Protos

RACHAEL PROTOS

Lead Office Administrator

Rachael Protos is the lead office administrator and legal project manager for Gerben Law Firm. Rachael uses her project management experience to ensure that both clients and attorneys are able to focus on the legal matter and analysis while not worrying about the complex systems holding it all together.

KOREY KASHMER

Digital Marketing Director

Korey Kashmer manages the firm’s digital presence. With over 15 years of professional digital marketing experience, he is responsible for Gerben Law Firm’s digital marketing and SEO efforts. His work with the firm has resulted in creating a highly visible and accessible website for the firm’s clients.

Rachael Protos

GRANT MURRAY

Intern

Grant Murray is the firm’s intern.  He helps to ensure that all trademark registration certificates are safely delivered to clients once they are issued by the USPTO and assists the firm’s attorneys in managing deadlines for statement of use filings as well as renewal filings.

About the Firm

usptoFounded in 2008, Gerben Law Firm PLLC is a boutique Washington DC based trademark and copyright law firm.  The firm currently serves clients in all 50 states and from over 30 countries around the world.  Founder Josh Gerben opened the firm with the goal of providing big-firm quality legal services to businesses and individuals at affordable prices.  In furtherance of this goal, the firm has obtained more than 4,000 trademark registrations for its clients since opening, and, has been involved in over 500 trademark enforcement and defense matters.

As a boutique firm, Gerben Law Firm is able to utilize technology and low-overhead to offer big-firm quality service at a fraction of the cost. Using the latest in trademark search technology, e-discovery processing and platform, and cutting-edge legal research tools, Gerben Law Firm is able to provide an array of services that rival the top-firms in the nation in quality of services being provided.

If you have a question or concern about a legal matter we invite you to complete a contact form on this Web site.  We pride ourselves on making our attorneys easily accessible to clients, and, we always offer complimentary consultations about trademark and copyright matters.

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Canada’s June 2019 Trademark Law Changes – “Use” is No Longer Required and Other Highlights

Canada’s longstanding trademark laws are about to change. On June 17, 2019, Canadian trademark owners and applicants will see differences in how trademarks are approved, the cost to file, and the international application process, among [...]

Joel Embiid’s Trademark Filing for ‘THE PROCESS’ May Soon Be Denied

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Following the Super Bowl last week, I decided to look back over trademark filings the Patriots have made. In this video, I show a trademark registered by the Kraft Group LLC (presumably a [...]

AdvertisingAge Quoted Josh Gerben About Campbell’s Registration of “Chunky”

Campbell Soup Company was recently granted a trademark registration for the word "Chunky" in relation to the eponymous soups.  Although the USPTO could have rejected the application as being too descriptive, Campbell's submitted large amounts [...]

The Action Network Quotes Josh Gerben About Madison Square Garden’s New Trademark Filing

Madison Square Garden is looking to add another trademark to their existing portfolio.  They recently filed a USPTO application for the mark "MSG" for sports-betting mobile applications and tournaments.  However, the company has stated they [...]

Forbes Quoted Josh Gerben about the Dallas Mavericks’ Filings with Luka Doncic’s Nickname

The Dallas Mavericks have file two trademarks for the nickname of Luka Doncic, their star forward.  These applications could run into an issue with the USPTO because it presents the issue of whether a professional [...]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Quotes Josh Gerben about Penn State’s “Happy Valley” Trademark Application

Penn State University has filed a trademark application to protect the phrase "Happy Valley".  Officials from Penn State were quoted as stating they want this application to be a deterrent against third-parties from using the [...]

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