Congratulations to Jim Astrachan and Kaitlin Corey on being named to the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) Board of Governors.
Jim will serve on the Board for the First District, Baltimore City, and Kaitlin will serve on the Board as Section Representative for the Intellectual Property Section.
The two have a longstanding record of MSBA service. Jim is the founding and former Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee and a former member of the Maryland Bar Journal editorial board. He is a Life Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation. Kaitlin is a past Chair of the MSBA’s Intellectual Property Section and Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Section Education Committee.
Congratulations to Jim Astrachan and Donna Thomas. The two were selected for inclusion in the 2023 edition of Chambers USA, an independent research company operating across 200 jurisdictions delivering detailed rankings and insight into the world’s leading lawyers. Read the full announcement here.
Goodell DeVries partner Kaitlin Corey will speak at “Ask the Experts: A Small Business Essentials Seminar” on May 11. Hosted by the Harford County (Maryland) Office of Economic Development, the seminar will provide opportunities for business owners to pose questions and learn from local business professionals.
Kaitlin will share her knowledge from years of experience working with business owners. She works with companies of all sizes by assisting them with general corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property protection and management.
Visit the event page for more information.
Goodell DeVries partners Donna Thomas (left) and Kaitlin Corey
Join us in congratulating our partner Kaitlin Corey, who’s been selected for The Daily Record’s 2023 Leaders in Law honor. Leaders in Law recognizes outstanding lawyers and judges across Maryland who are serving businesses, clients, and individuals and making our communities stronger. The awards celebration was held on April 25.
Kaitlin is an accomplished lawyer, teacher, and mentor. She assists companies of all sizes in general corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property protection and management matters. She regularly advises on brand protection strategies by reviewing marketing creative for legal compliance, clearing trademarks for use and registration, and licensing of trademarks and copyrights.
Kaitlin Corey has been appointed to the Intelligent Transportation Society of Maryland (ITS Maryland) Board of Directors as a Special Advisor.
A partner at Goodell DeVries, Kaitlin represents a wide range of clients in intellectual property law and litigation and estate and tax law. Her practice spans everything from trademark litigation to multimillion-dollar business transactions and tax controversy work.
Kaitlin speaks regularly on copyright and trademark law and is an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she teaches Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law as well as Current Developments in Intellectual Property Law.
She is a past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section and a current Co-Chair of the MSBA’s Young Lawyers Section Education Committee. Kaitlin is also Co-Chair of the American Advertising Federation Baltimore’s Legislative Committee and a Board Member and Board Secretary with the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC).
Jim Astrachan was tapped for his take on the Protecting American Intellectual Property Act in a news article on Technical.ly.
Here’s an excerpt:
Intellectual property lawyer James Astrachan of downtown Baltimore’s Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann sees a mix of positives and major concerns with the new bill. He specifically cited the bill’s seemingly incomplete definition of what it purports to protect.
“I’m looking at the bill, and I don’t see that the bill even defines the term ‘trade secrets,’” said Astrachan, who is also an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. “That throws up in the air a lot of discretion to whoever is compiling this list of offenders for the president.”
Astrachan also believes companies are likely to report theft unless the act of doing so results in losing control of that trade secret. To that end, he is actually getting ready to file a trade secret action for a client.
“We’ll be very vague in our complaint in terms of identifying [the trade secret],” he explained. “We’ll try to work out some sort of protection so that it’s going to be under seal. Nobody can read it in the court records.”
He also noted how the terms “knowingly,” “secretly,” and “theft” remained undefined in the act, which could be problematic.
“You wonder whether in operation, this bill has been so watered down that the teeth are, ‘I’ll bite if I want to bite,’ he said.
Read the full article here: A new law aims to protect US IP from international theft. Here’s what that means for founders
Congratulations to our partner Jim Astrachan on being selected by The Daily Record as a 2022 Icon Honors recipient.
The Icon Honors recognizes Maryland business leaders over the age of 60 for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership within and outside their fields. The honorees have moved their businesses and the state of Maryland forward by growing jobs and making a difference in the community.
Kaitlin Corey spoke with “Harford County Chamber Chat” a podcast hosted by the Harford County (MD) Chamber of Commerce on WHGM Gold. In the December 3, 2022 episode, Kaitlin discussed her intellectual property and business law practice at Goodell DeVries, the many services provided by the firm, and the value of Chamber membership. You can find the interview here or on your iHeart Radio app.