The intellectual property attorneys of Astrachan Gunst Thomas provide legal services relating to the selection, protection, defense and exploitation of intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, software, literary and artistic works, advertisements and trade secrets.

We are firmly convinced that the success of our clients mirrors the success of our legal practice. We work with our clients to develop effective and realistic goals, strategies and tactics, and then partner with our clients to achieve those goals at the least possible cost.

Examples of our work include representation of the largest employer in Baltimore in connection with the clearance and registration of trademarks and licenses for software created by members of its faculty; trademark litigation for a national trade association of more than twenty thousand members; trademark litigation relating to trade dress (packaging); structure and documentation of an electronic medical publishing venture; structure and documentation of a joint venture between two national architectural firms for large public works projects in the Baltimore Inner Harbor and at the University of Maryland at Baltimore; structure and documentation of an electronic publishing venture for genealogical works; clearance of advertising copy and innumerable trademarks for advertising agencies and clients located throughout the United States; negotiation and documentation of web site development for one of the largest law firms in Maryland (and others); clearance and registration of trademarks for national trade associations and establishment of licensing programs therefore; negotiation and documentation of innumerable computer consulting and software development contracts and licenses for companies providing software and systems installation, integration and documentation for Fortune 500 companies and others; and formation and representation of an international eyeglass frame distributor and licenses necessary thereto, including licenses with international licensors of fashion products.

Our intellectual property lawyers teach intellectual property topics at the University of Maryland School of Law, the University of Baltimore School of Law and the University of Baltimore Graduate School. Our IP attorneys also teach the Maryland continuing legal education (MICPEL) course on Trademark and Copyright Law and deal almost daily with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for trademark registration and opposition actions. In addition, we are currently engaged in negotiations concerning allegations of trademark infringement for numerous clients, as plaintiff and defendant. In the last several years, we have prosecuted or defended approximately 20 copyright infringement, trademark/trade dress infringement, trademark dilution, and trade secret misappropriation cases in various United States District Courts. Our litigation experience also includes trademark infringement claims and suits related to the use of trademarks in web sites and as domain names.

For the past 25 years, our intellectual property attorneys have provided general legal and business counsel to companies of all sizes, most of whom are still our clients. We feel strongly that the more we know of our clients' businesses, the closer our ties and the more assistance we can offer.