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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.

Breaking: Federal Circuit Holds Ban on Offensive Marks Unconstitutional

The Federal Circuit held today that the U.S. trademark law’s ban on offensive and derogatory marks in unconstitutional, following a similar decision by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

What is an “Intent to Use” Trademark Application?

Although, in general, trademark rights are established by using the mark in commerce, depending on the timing of your business’ launch, an “Intent to Use” (ITU) application might be right for you.

Meeting the “Use in Commerce” Requirement for a Cloud-Based Software Trademark

One of the trickiest decisions is analyzing whether you have “commercial use” of your trademark that meets the USPTO (and the federal trademark law) “use in commerce” requirement, which is needed both to register a standard and “intent to use” trademark registration.

How to Meet the “Commercial Use” Requirement For an App Trademark

Having a strong, protectable trademark for your app is essential for a successful launch in today’s cutthroat mobile industry. There are millions of apps in the Apple App Store, Google Play store and other online app marketplaces and the competition can be fierce. Owning a federal trademark registration is an important step towards protecting your mark in the long term.

USPTO Global IP Academy: Eric Perrott Presents to Distinguished Foreign Intellectual Property Officials

As a part of its global training program, the United States Patent and Trademark Office invited foreign officials from the ASEAN region to the USPTO's Global Intellectual Property Academy for the annual conference on emerging [...]

Trademark Attorney Eric Perrott Speaks at USPTO Roundtable on Trademark Scams

On July 26, 2017, Gerben Law Firm Attorney Eric Perrott spoke before a roundtable of USPTO officials and other interested parties on fraudulent solicitations. Mr. Perrott explained how these scam e-mails undermine the Firm's relationship [...]

Josh Gerben Quoted By Corporate Counsel Regarding Trademark Symbols

Trademark Attorney Josh Gerben was quoted by Corporate Counsel regarding the use of trademark symbols. For the full story, read here: http://www.corpcounsel.com/id=1202792655223/Trademark-Symbols-Powerful-Tools-for-InHouse-Counsel

Eric Perrott Quoted in a ‘Gene Simmons’ CNBC Trademark Article

Gerben Law Firm attorney Eric Perrott was quoted in a CNBC article that discusses why Gene Simmons' trademark application for the sign of the horns gesture would not have been approved: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/24/why-gene-simmons-attempt-at-patenting-his-hand-gesture-wouldnt-have-worked.html

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