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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.

USPTO Refuses Augusta National’s Trademark Filing for a Green Jacket

  Augusta National filed a trademark application in February 2019 for an actual green jacket. Despite already owning trademark registrations on the phrase “green jacket,” Augusta National had not yet applied for the [...]

When and Why You May Need to Hire a U.S. Trademark Attorney

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5 Steps to Protecting Your Trademark Internationally

The protections you receive as a U.S. trademark owner are a valuable asset to your business. However, it is important to know that those protections only apply to trademark disputes within the United States. Whether [...]

USPTO Denies Warner Bros. Trademark Application for a Harry Potter Quote

  In October of last year, Warner Bros. attempted to register the famous "Harry Potter" phrase, "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good." As intellectual property owner of the Harry [...]

Forbes Quoted Josh Gerben about USPTO’s Rejection of Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic Trademarks

A few months ago, Josh Gerben reported on trademarks filed by the Dallas Mavericks for EL MATADOR and THE MATADOR.  The trademarks were filed because 'THE MATADOR' had become a nickname for rookie-of-the-year candidate Luka [...]

Josh Gerben Discusses USPTO’s Backlog of Cannabis-Related Trademarks with World Trademark Review

With some states having legalized various forms of marijuana usage over the past few months, there has been a increase in the number of marijuana-related trademark applications being filed.  However, it appears that the USPTO [...]

Multiple Alabama Publications Quoted Josh Gerben about Auburn University NCAA-Related Trademark Filings

The same day that Auburn University reached its first Final Four, the University filed a trademark for “Draining Threes and Rolling Trees”. The trademark application indicated that the University is planning to launch a clothing [...]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Quoted Josh Gerben About USPTO’s HAPPY VALLEY Trademark Decision

The USPTO recently rejected Penn State University's attempt to file a trademark for "HAPPY VALLEY" to be used on various apparel items.  The government's examining attorney stated that the mark was too descriptive to become [...]

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