Brain Boost: Intellectual Property

Speaker: Matt Johnston & Tom Bassolino-
Join Matt Johnston of Johnston Business Law Group and Tom Bassolino of Bass Patent Law for an engrossing discussion on intellectual property. In this discussion, you will learn the basics about different forms of intellectual property such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Additionally, Matt and Tom will provide some foundational insights on intellectual property and why professionals in startups and Fortune500 companies alike should be aware of these important assets of a business, how to protect them through registration, and briefly about how to monetize those assets.  




A FREE lunchtime collaborative learning experience designed to build expertise and ensure equitable access to a wealth of knowledge. Bring your lunch and learn.
MARCH 15 – Noon to 1:00 PM
(doors will open at 11:30 so you can grab a snack and a drink and get settled in)
122 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701 (Cowork Frederick “Community Room”)

Matt Johnston (#Mattthelawyer) is a Cowork Frederick member and Frederick, MD-based attorney whose practice focuses on serving small businesses with their legal needs geared to a small business budget. Matt helps clients solve business and legal problems with practical, actionable, understandable legal advice. Matt and his team also help clients protect their brands and intellectual property through trademark and copyright services. Before starting his firm, Matt worked with a Frederick area litigation firm and had a wildly varied career before and during law school. When not lawyering, Matt can be found playing, watching, refereeing, coaching, or arguing (and occasionally crying) about soccer. Matt can be reached

Tom Bassolino is a U.S. patent attorney and the founder of Bass Patent Law, LLC, a firm with a strong focus on patent preparation, prosecution, and related services, working with individual inventors and Fortune 500 companies alike, mostly in the mechanical and electrical arts. Before starting his firm, Tom worked in the New York City office of a large general practice firm, and prior to practicing law, Tom was a mechanical engineer designing advanced plumbing and fire protection systems for high-rise buildings. For more information on Tom, his firm, and his practice, please visit

Brain Boost is a monthly brown bag event designed to build expertise, catapult the success of small businesses, and ensure equitable access to a wealth of knowledge. People from a variety of professions and walks of life share their experience and expertise in an educational talk. Then, with the help of a facilitator, participants engage in active conversation. The event aims to spark inclusive conversation and circulate the abundant knowledge of Frederick’s small biz community. Participants bring their own lunch (optionally). Drinks and light snacks are provided. The Cowork Frederick Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit) covers the cost of running the program and the meeting space, with the help of sponsors. Speakers volunteer their time.

The Cowork Frederick Foundation is the community-supported, non-profit arm of Cowork Frederick. We help Frederick County freelancers, remote workers, and solopreneurs be more successful by creating ways for them to connect, learn, and build better businesses – and lives – together. In so doing, we support a vital part of a healthy, growing, fluid, free-market economy. Help support our efforts here.