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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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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.

IN HOUSE COUNSEL – Are you paying too much for trademark services?

Many in-house attorneys overpay outside counsel for trademark services. Our firm has identified three key areas where companies can save on cost when hiring outside trademark attorneys.

LegalZoom Boasts 250,000+ Trademark Filings, But Hires a Prestigious Law Firm to File its Trademarks

LegalZoom offers trademark filing services, yet uses experienced trademark attorneys to file its own trademarks. Why doesn't LegalZoom utilize its own 'do-it-yourself' approach?

How to Protect Your Marijuana Brands and Trademarks

"Legal" marijuana is becoming a big industry. However, marijuana brand owners are still unable to seek federal trademark registrations for their brands. Here are some tips for the marijuana industry on how to protect brands in an evolving legal landscape.

How to Avoid a Madrid Protocol Trademark Registration Refusal in the United States

The Madrid Protocol is an international filing system that allows members of the Protocol to file in multiple jurisdictions using the same, streamlined system. However, many international applicants face common refusals that increase risk, cause delays, and cost money to fix.

Josh Gerben Interviewed In Regards to Recent Attempts to Fraudulently Register Trademarks with Marketplace Brand Registries

Individuals from China are attempting to change the "correspondent" information on United States trademark registrations.  By submitting a "change of correspondent" to the USPTO (which can be done through an unsecured web portal), anyone can [...]

Law 360 Quotes Eric Perrott About Proposed USPTO Rule Change to Require Trademark Applicants from Outside the US to Engage a US Attorney

The USPTO is preparing to role out a new requirement that all foreign applicants must utilize U.S. attorneys when submitting documents (including filings) relating to a trademark.  This new rule hopes to cub the recent [...]

Josh Gerben Quoted by ESPN about Colin Kaepernick’s Trademark Filing

Although not having played in the NFL since 2016, Colin Kaepernick is still in the public eye.  This month, he has filed a trademark of a graphical depiction of his face and signature afro hairstyle, [...]

Josh Gerben Referenced by Sports Illustrated About NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers’ Trademark Filing

The Sixers have filed a trademark for the phrase "Trust the Process".   Sports Illustrated referenced Josh Gerben's tweet that discusses the filing in detail:   The 76ers filed a trademark for TRUST THE PROCESS on [...]

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