During the 1957 World Series Yankee catcher Yogi Berra noticed that when Hank Aaron grasped the bat he did it wrong – “Turn it around so you can’t see the trademark,” yelled Berra. Hank, keeping his eyes on the pitcher, yelled back, “Didn’t come up here to read. Came up here to hit.”

Online Resources

The following are links that the attorneys and employees of Astrachan Gunst Thomas have found to be useful resources. All the links below are to websites maintained by entities unrelated to Astrachan Gunst Thomas and Astrachan Gunst Thomas is in no way responsible for their content.

Sales and Use Tax:

The following is a downloadable .pdf of the Maryland Sales and Use Tax Law as it applies to advertising agencies.
Click here to view the Maryland Sales and Use Tax Law for Advertising Agencies.


The Copyright Office website contains a wealth of information regarding copyright law, copyright registration procedures, and general information regarding the protection of works through copyright.


The US Patent and Trademark Office website has a search engine that contains information on all registered and pending trademarks. It also contains information on obtaining trademarks and USPTO policies and procedures.

Users of the above sites are cautioned that the statutes and opinions available on or through those sites are not necessarily official and may be out of date.

Additionally, the following site has law related information:

The two primary legal databases are:


Astrachan Gunst Thomas has relationships (professional, educational, personal or otherwise) with the following organizations:
> The Advertising Association of Baltimore
> University of Baltimore School of Law
> University of Baltimore School of Communications Design
> University of Maryland School of Law
> The Association of American Advertising Agencies