Alfred Hitchcock fell asleep at parties. At one, he slept for four hours on a sofa until his wife woke him to take him home. “But it’s only one o’clock,” said Hitchcock. “They’ll think we aren’t enjoying ourselves."


Our attorneys are constantly writing on matters relevant to our clients' businesses and industries. Click on the appropriate link below to find samples of our work.

Fundamentals of IP

The following documents cover the basics of Trademark and Copyright law. They were written by one of the Firm's principals, Donna Thomas.

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Fundamentals of Copyright Law

Fundamentals of Trademark Law

IP Audit

The Intellectual Property Audit: A Critical Service
By: James B. Astrachan

An audit of your company's intellectual property can protect your company's rights - or save your company's existence.

Intellectual Property: Patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. Intellectual property is one of the most valuable categories of assets that any company can own or license. Surprise. Unfortunately what a company thinks it owns may not comport with reality. Every business needs to understand its intellectual property, its strengths and weaknesses, whether it's being properly used and protected, and whether the use of its intellectual property infringes the rights of others. Properly conducted, an intellectual property audit will accomplish these objectives.



Our attorneys have authored many, many articles. Here you will find downloadable pdf's of articles published between 1999 and the current year. They are divided into the following categories:

Intellectual Property



Employment Law

Other Articles


Tax and Copyright Law for Photographers (Kaitlin Corey; Annapolis Camera Club; October 9, 2017)

Planning to Reduce IP Risks - Risks of Advertising and Avoidance and Tips to Strengthen Your Company's Trademarks and Copyrights and Reduce Exposure to Infringement Claims (Jim Astrachan and Donna Thomas; Central PA Association of Corporate Counsel; August 24, 2017)

Gun Law in Delaware (Elizabeth Harlan; National Business Institute, Wilmington, Delaware; December 1, 2016)

Montgomery County's Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act (Elizabeth Harlan; Rockville, MD; September 9, 2016)

Gun Law in Maryland (Elizabeth Harlan; National Business Institute, Baltimore, Maryland; July 2016)

Looming Changes to Overtime Laws: What Every Employer Must Know (Christopher Lyon; Columbia East-Jessup, Maryland; May 20, 2016)

Is Your Social Media Message (Legally) Correct? (Jim Astrachan and Donna Thomas; Central PA Association of Corporate Counsel; April 21, 2016)

Drugs in the Workplace: What Every Employer Must Know (Elizabeth Harlan and Christopher Lyon; Linthicum, Maryland; February 19, 2016)

IP Elements and Damages (James Astrachan; Maryland Association of CPAs; February 5, 2016)

What Every Filmmaker Needs to Know About Contracts and Intellectual Property (Frank Morgan; Maryland Institute College of Art; 2014-2016)

Intellectual Property and Contracts (Frank Morgan; University of Maryland Baltimore County, Careers in Music Seminar; 2014-2016)

Intellectual Property for the Non IP Lawyer (Jim Astrachan and Donna Thomas; Baltimore City Bar Association; October 28, 2015)

Authorship in Copyright: The Crested Macaque as Author? (Christopher Lyon; Baltimore, Maryland; October 8, 2015)

Social Media, Technology and Your Employee Handbook (Elizabeth Harlan and Christopher Lyon; Columbia, Maryland; February 20, 2015)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (Elizabeth Harlan; The Power Hour, Optometry’s Only Live Talk Radio Show!; February 18, 2015).

What Every Employer Must Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act—2014 (Elizabeth Harlan; Timonium, Maryland; October 24, 2014)

IP Valuation Issues (Jim Astrachan; Maryland Association of Certified Valuation Analysts; July 2013)

Ads That Shouldn’t Have Run (Jim Astrachan; Middle District PA Association of Corporate Counsel; May 2013)

Copyright and Contract Law for Musical Artists and Composers (Frank Morgan; November 2012 and February 2014)

Bad Ads (Jim Astrachan; Middle District PA Association of Corporate Counsel; November 2012)

Jim Astrachan Testifies Against House Bill 448 >

How Shredded Wheat's Competition Got To Call Their Cereal Shredded Wheat >