Michael Tier, Esq.

Trademark Attorney

1050 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
202-294-2287 (Office)


Michael J. Tier, Esq. is an intellectual property attorney with extensive experience handling trademark and copyright issues.  He has served clients in a wide variety of industries, including biosciences, pharmaceuticals, health care, consumer goods, retail, and hospitality.

The first part of Michael’s career was spent as a trademark paralegal, working for both large law firms and large corporations.  He spent this time observing and learning from experienced intellectual property attorneys, gaining an extensive knowledge of the intricacies of trademark and copyright prosecution and enforcement along the way.

To continue his professional growth and development, Michael decided to go to law school and become an attorney.  He attended Widener University School of Law in the evenings, while juggling his already demanding work schedule.

Michael’s law practice now focuses on all phases of trademark procurement, clearance, counseling, and enforcement, including federal litigation and proceedings before the Trial Trademark and Appeal Board.

Throughout his practice, Michael has been an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, the Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court, and Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers of the Arts.

Outside of work, Michael has a passion for creating music, reading, and spending time with his wife and many pets.


  1. Managed a large international trademark portfolio of over 5,000 active marks on behalf of an international manufacturing company. 
  2. Successfully enforced trademark rights in numerous jurisdictions across the globe for a national cleaning supplies manufacturer.
  3. Settled a trademark dispute in the EU between a medical device manufacturer and a biotechnology company.
  4. Successfully negotiated a consent and co-existence agreement between two companies that sell musical accessories.
  5. Created litigation strategy which led to the settlement of a dispute involving trademark and right of publicity claims between a wig manufacturer and hair model.
  6. Created litigation strategy which led to the settlement of a dispute involving trademark counterfeiting claims between an importer and manufacturer of consumer goods from India.
  7. Created litigation strategy which led to the settlement of a dispute involving trademark and false advertising claims between two manufacturers of weighted blankets.


Widener University School of Law

Juris Doctor (2017)

Villanova University

Paralegal Studies (2007)

Penn State University

Bachelor of Arts (2005)

Bar Memberships

Admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

From Our Clients

“ We were referred to Josh by a business colleague, and were skeptical that any online US Trademark filing process could be both simple and successful. Our experience with other firms (on other trademarks) had been tedious and expensive, by comparison. But Josh’s system worked, and we were awarded both trademarks…”

— Michael Zimmerman, MarketPoint

“…I am smart enough to know that this is a highly specialized area of the law that requires patience, understanding, extensive research, a finely tuned verification process and the ability to navigate the steps and procedures established by the federal government. But I am even smarter to know that, in the age of the specialist, I needed the best…”

Wayne HalperLaw Office of Wayne Halper

“…When working with Josh on our Trademark/Service Mark application process, his communication was excellent and his expertise and personal demeanor quickly built trust in the business matters. He manages a detailed and well balanced analysis and is results and success driven..”

— Johan Reinhoudt, EffectiveSalesCoaching.NL

“ I hired Josh to do some trademarking work for me. He was very knowledgeable, explained the process clearly, made sure it was filed in a timely manner, and followed up with me each step of the way.”

— Kathy Wolper, Kathy’s Just Desserts, Inc.

“ Working with Josh was an absolute pleasure. He made the process of getting our trademark a breeze. Should we ever seek another trademark we would certainly retain Josh again in a heartbeat. I recommend him very highly.”

— Verena Frydberg, Makeover Your MS

“ Every now and again you come across someone who you know will always get the job done, be upfront and honest, and looks out for you. It’s great never having to worry about Trademarks. I know I can just give him a call and it’ll be done quickly, affordable, and done right…”

— Megan Cummins, Sparklepop

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