We Register, Enforce and Defend Your Trademarks With The Exclusive E5 Trademark Process. Montgomery County Maryland Trademark Attorneys
We Stop The Competition
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STEP #1: Educate & Enroll

Free and No Obligation.

Let's get on the same page.

Time to Complete: Less than 1 Minute.

Just like your customers, your brand also has unique needs. After enrolling, we educate each other.

First we learn about you, your business and the goals you have for your brand. Second, you’ll learn about the registration process via our proprietary video library and Action-Sheets.

STEP #2 Evaluate

Trademark searches empower us to craft a smart plan.

Time to Complete: 2-7 Days.

Second, we cut through the lawyer-speak and outline your options in plain English.

When finished, you will have explored what we call “the Two Big Questions”:

1. Can You Even Use It? and

2. Can You Own the Rights to It?

More importantly, you’ll have a plan you have confidence in.

STEP #3: Equip

Putting your plan into action.

Time to Complete: 2+ Days.

We implement your plan, which typically begins with filing trademark applications. It may also include an Amazon Branding program or Shopify Branding program. If you have immediate needs for enforcement or take-down notices, those start as well.

When complete, your applications are pending.

STEP #4: Examine

The Trademark Office and the Public scrutinize your Application.

Time to Complete: 9 - 24 Months.

It begins with an Office Examination by an Examining Attorney (the “EA”). The EA registers rejections and objections in letters called Office Actions. You must respond to these correctly to keep your application alive. Once (and if) the EA believes that your application is in order, the mark is Published.

Next, the public has the opportunity to examine your mark by registering “Opposition” to your mark’s registration. Here’s where preparation really pays off, because carelessly filed applications can trigger unnecessary Opposition Proceedings, and these proceedings can be lengthy...and expensive.

STEP #5: Enforce

Building your defenses.

Time to Complete: Ongoing for the Life of the Registration.

Step 5 is a journey of a thousand miles.

After you have secured your registration, under US Trademark Law, to keep it and strengthen it you must ‘police it.’ Policing is a fancy way of saying that you can’t just let anyone use your mark, and it involves four activities:

  • monitoring databases and the internet to spot potential infringers
  • notifying the likely infringers that you have a registered mark
  • telling the competitor-infringers to stop using your mark (to ‘cease and desist’)
  • if necessary, litigating to force compliance with the law

My Story

I Have Over 15 Years of Experience in the Trademark Industry

Unlike most attorneys, I’m an entrepreneur — some say a successful entrepreneur. And as much as I enjoy the thought that these colleagues may be right, I certainly wasn’t always a successful entrepreneur. My first shots at starting businesses in college resulted in abandoned patent applications, zero sales and debt (not to mention late homework and shoddy lab assignments). Later, I learned hard lessons as people I trusted blatantly stole my inventions, and suppliers I trusted failed to deliver products. And, through my experience at a large law firm as well as in my own law practice, I’ve seen just about every kind of chicanery imaginable.

What our clients ARE saying

As a new solopreneur, navigating last-minute legal issues is stressful! Steven expertly assisted me,
and I give him my absolute highest recommendation.
Rarely, if ever, do I find a knowledgable lawyer who is also a consummate and successful business professional.
Steven’s both, and speaks ‘plain English’!

Ellin Sidell

Coach/Consultant

A troll tried to hold my now Wall-Street Journal best-seller “You Are The Brand” hostage — the week before it published.
Fortunately, long before that happened, Steve designed & guided me through a plan.
When the attack came he was able to instantly stop the harassment. My book published on time and without a slap-down.
It was like watching legal-judo!

Mike Kim

“You Are the Brand”

The best money I’ve ever invested!

Jim Benge

Dallas Angel Investor & “Proud Shark”

We Stop The Competition From Raiding Your Business.

We Register, Enforce and Defend Your Trademarks with Our Exclusive Trademark Process.

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Looking to Locate Your Business in MD? Here's Why Montgomery County Is A Great Choice!

Montgomery County is a Great Place to Grow your Business

When it comes to business, the nation’s capital is at the center of the action. For business owners in Montgomery County, Maryland, you are at the nexus of business and government. Establishing or growing your business in a tightly competitive and high-profile environment has its perks and meaningful advantages.  For example, Montgomery County, Md shares the same D.C. metro area as the Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA on the other side of the district.  

In fact, one of the most high-profile trademark cases currently wending its way through the courts has its home in the D.C. area.  The Washington Redskins football team, whose stadium is located at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, has been challenged by Native Americans charging six logos and names owned by the Redskins are offensive and should be cancelled proving at once the importance of defending your valuable trademarks.

With just over a million people, Montgomery County is the most populous county in Maryland. It is one of the wealthiest counties in the U.S. and, as a center for U.S. government offices, scientific research, and business campuses, Montgomery County has the highest percentage of residents with post-graduate degrees in the U.S. It is considered the biotechnology center in the Mid-Atlantic region with headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and Walter Reed Army Research Institute to name a few.

Montgomery County shares the location advantages of other communities in the D.C. metro area, which is home to three large airports, Reagan National AirportDulles International Airport and Baltimore Washington International Airport. General aviation airfield Montgomery County Airpark also serves the county and environs. Major interstate highways and a well-developed local highway system, including I-95, connects the east coast from Maine to Florida and passes through the major cities of BostonNew York CityPhiladelphiaBaltimoreRichmond all the way to Palm Beach and Miami. The Amtrak passenger rail service including business class also traverses the east coast connecting D.C. to major cities from Boston to Miami.

With these impressive statistics, it’s not surprising to learn that Montgomery County is home to many global corporations, such as: 

Lockheed Martin

Marriott International

Giant-Landover

RLJ Companies

Bae Systems

Want Help Growing Your Business? These Organizations Can Help!

Growing a Business in Montgomery County

In this strong pro-business metro area, Montgomery County also is a great place for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to establish a presence. Here are a few that you may want to get to know:

Pepco

Total Wine and More

Whiting-Turner

Shapiro and Duncan

M&T Bank 

Montgomery County also offers business assistance and incentive programs to businesses locating in the county.  The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation provides resources to start a business with specific programs aimed at women, veterans and minorities. Some key industries include information technology, cybersecurity, healthcare, financial services and agribusiness.  Additionally, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce emphasizes connection with local and global business leaders, leveraging its position close to the seats of local, state and national decision makers. 

Does Montgomery County Have Access to World-Class Universities? You Bet!
Montgomery County's Not a Boring Suburb! Enjoy Music, Culture, Theater, Orchestra and World-class Healthcare Options:

Arts, History and Culture in Montgomery County

When you are in a global government and business center, expect arts, music, history and culture to follow. Montgomery County is a convenient distance from the many landmarks in the nation’s capital including the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Air and Space Museum and the Washington Monument. For culture buffs, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C. features ballet, theater, opera and jazz while the Music Center and Mansion at Strathmore in Rockville, Md is home to the National Philharmonic Orchestra.


Montgomery County residents have access to the very best healthcare providers in the world including nationally top-ranked Johns Hopkins University Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD.  

Thrasher Trademark Law Can Secure Your Business and Brand in Montgomery County, MD

Trademark attorney Steven Thrasher has been serving clients in the Washington D.C. area — including Montgomery County, MD — and across the nation since 2002. In that time, Steve has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs escape the competitive pressures of commodity businesses.  In addition to filing trademark applications, Steve solves intellectual property problems related to federal administrative issues involving trademarks, patents, copyrights, and infringements.