IP & Business Law Counseling, LLC

IP & Business Law Counseling, LLC

Intellectual Property, Business, and Corporate Law Counseling and Services to Emerging and Established Businesses

Firm Overview

IP & Business Law Counseling, LLC is a law firm dedicated to providing outstanding and personalized legal services to entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes in various industries. We represent technology companies that provide biotechnology and healthcare products and services. We also represent non-technology companies that market common consumer products and services. The firm offers broad services in intellectual property law (including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets), business law, and corporate law. The firm also offers client-driven, cost-effective service and payment plan options through its virtual general counsel practice for companies that do not want to hire an in-house general counsel but desire virtual day-to-day interaction with an attorney. Our mission is to provide client, project, and industry-focused approaches to avoiding pitfalls, solving problems, and promoting business development.

We focus on providing commonsense and businesslike approaches to the practice of law. The firm's attorney entered law after a twenty year career in biomedical research and teaching. He became a lawyer to help bridge communication gaps he believed existed between scientists, lawyers, and businesspersons. His desire was to help scientist-entrepreneurs establish businesses and commercialize their inventions.

The firm understands that our clients think about their business all the time and we strive to become an integral part of their team. That means being available 24/7 and taking ownership of our clients' problems and concerns. We reply to all e-mails and telephone calls within two hours (or by the end of the day under extenuating circumstances). Further, to ensure we remain extremely close and "in-tune" throughout the year, we offer full-day complimentary conferences quarterly to each of our clients. We are confident that our clients will confirm our philosophy and dedication to client-centric service. Please feel free to ask for references from any of our clients who have provided comments on our website.

The firm's attorney is also an independent contract attorney for two large general practice law firms (comprising more than 600 attorneys) that value his experience in general business and corporate law as well as patent law. Our close relationship with these large law firms is a tremendous asset to our clients when there is a need for complementary services or guidance beyond our core practice areas.
Main Office
Main Office
6902 Southridge Place
Middletown (Frederick County)  MD  21769
  • (301) 371-6604
Representative General Business, Corporate and Intellectual Property Law Services
Representative Business/Corporate Law & Counseling:

Business entity selection and formation (corporations & limited liability companies)
Corporate governance and compliance
Confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements
Employment agreements
Manufacturing, distribution, and sales representative agreements
Consulting, professional, and master services agreements
Commercial and general business contracts (drafting and negotiating)
Noncompetition, nonsolicitation, and intellectual property assignments
Advising and structuring joint ventures and strategic alliances
Advising and structuring mergers and acquisitions
Collaboration and joint development agreements
Due diligence for various business development and financing transactions
Virtual general counsel (comprehensive legal and counseling services)

Entity Formation

IP & Business Law Counseling, LLC provides entrepreneurs with guidance in selecting the appropriate form of business association based on their immediate and future objectives. In doing so, the firm works closely with the client's financial and tax advisors and considers the impact of the selection on the intellectual property assets to be held by the new business entity. The firm assists in the establishment of an executive team, board of directors, and advisory board(s). IP & Business Law Counseling, LLC prepares all required and ancillary formation documents and handles the filing of required documents with the appropriate state office. The firm also provides services related to the hiring of employees and independent contractors, and ensures that appropriate invention disclosure, assignment, confidentiality, noncompetition, and nonsolicitation agreements are implemented.

Contract Drafting and Negotiation

IP & Business Law Counseling, LLC drafts and negotiates diverse commercial and other contracts, including nondisclosure agreements, conditions of use/material transfer agreements, terms and conditions of sale, promissory notes, joint development/CRADA agreements, sale representative agreements, distribution agreements, consulting and professional service agreements, vendor agreements, clinical trial and sponsored research agreements, employment agreements, lease agreements, and various technology-related agreements.

Joint Ventures, Strategic Alliances, and Mergers & Acquisitions

IP & Business Law Counseling, LLC assists clients in the structuring, due diligence, and negotiation of partnering arrangements as well as the buying and selling of businesses. In these practice areas, the firm focuses on services related to the due diligence process and the protection of confidential and proprietary information and other intellectual property assets.

Representative Intellectual Property Law & Counseling:

Patent preparation, filing, and prosecution
Trademark registration
Copyright registration
Trade secret protection
Intellectual property licensing and technology transfer transactions
Auditing of intellectual property assets (patents, trademarks, copyrights,and trade secrets)
Intellectual property portfolio management
Strategy implementation (intellectual property acquisition, protection, and commercialization)
Due diligence investigations in support of acquisition, investment, and financing transactions
Freedom to operate/noninfringement analysis
Patentability analysis
Patent validity analysis
Patent landscape analysis
Intellectual property litigation support (discovery and expert witness selection/preparation)


IP & Business Law Counseling, LLC provides broad services related to the preparation, filing, and prosecution of patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


IP & Business Law Counseling, LLC provides services and counseling related to the acquisition of trademark rights.


IP & Business Law Counseling, LLC provides services and counseling related to copyright.

Trade Secret

IP & Business Law Counseling, LLC provides services and counseling related to the protection of trade secrets.

Intellectual Property Transactions and Beyond

IP & Business Law Counseling, LLC provides counseling to individuals and businesses that wish to leverage intellectual property and maximize the strategic value of their innovations. The firm assists clients with the auditing of intellectual property assets, due diligence associated with acquisitions and financing, and licensing and technology transfer agreements.

George W. Cox, PhD, JD

George has twenty years' experience in government and academia as a biomedical scientist, ten years' experience in large intellectual property, corporate, and general practice law firms as a technical specialist, student associate, and attorney, and since 2010, experience as a successful business owner and solo practitioner. He has worked with companies of all sizes including sole owner-managed startups and multinational Fortune 500 companies. Although George provides legal counsel and services to businesses at all stages of development, he particularly enjoys working with entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized companies with one to fifty members that allow him to play an integral part of their growth and success. He is committed to delivering legal services with the collegiality and dedication that clients expect from their most valued and trusted advisors and team members.
  • Bar Number: Not applicable in MD
    Maryland , 2006
  • Bar Number: 038502006
    New Jersey , 2006
  • Bar Number: 978760
    District of Columbia , 2008
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
    B.A. (Chemistry and Zoology) , 1982
  • The Ohio State University College of Medicine
    Ph.D. (Pharmacology) , 1987
  • National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
    Postdoctoral Fellowship (Immunology & Molecular Biology) , 1987
  • American University Washington College of Law
    J.D. , 2006

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