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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, J.D.

Law Clerk

Colleen Wellington, J.D. is a Law Clerk 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.

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Can a space make a difference? This article explores the impact a space can make on the commercial impression of a trademark.

Philly Special Trademark Applications Filed

Following the Super Bowl, several applicants have already thrown their hats in the ring to secure exclusive rights to the phrase “PHILLY SPECIAL,” or a variation thereof, the likelihood of successfully making it past the goal line, in many cases, is slim.

“I’m a Shithole, Mr. President!”: A New Era of Offensive Trademarks

Now that the offensive ban has been deemed "unconstitutional," the floodgates are open for offensive trademark, including applications including offensive words used by the President of the United States.

Is This Trademark Infringement? ‘Millionaire Reader’ Case Shows Limits to Trademark Law

Not every use of a trademark similar to a previously used trademark is infringement - even if its for the same words and the same goods and services. A case from a Texas federal court emphasizes the need to analyze a potential infringement in depth before attempting to enforce trademark rights.

ESPN Quotes Josh Gerben on Philly Special Trademarks

ESPN has reported on the recent flurry of 'Philly Special' trademark filings.  These applications hope to take advantage of the unconventional touchdown play that occurred during Super Bowl LII. Josh Gerben was quoted by ESPN.com, [...]

Philadelphia Inquirer Quotes Josh Gerben on Trick Play Trademarks

The Philadelphia Eagles' improbable win in Super Bowl LII.  One of their touchdowns was gained based on quarterback Nick Foles' trick play that has been named the 'Philly Special'.  Some individuals are looking to capitalize [...]

Gerben Law Firm Featured by Washington College of Law

Three-person All-WCL Alumni Trademark Law Firm Achieves Success—and National Recognition, Washington College of Law, Dec. 8, 2017 The Washington College of Law featured Gerben Law Firm in a recent article, praising the firm's success. Gerben Law [...]

Time Magazine Quotes Josh Gerben on Trump Trademarks

Time Magazine quotes Josh Gerben in an article about new trademark applications similar to Trump's campaign slogan - and the lack of enforcement against them.

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