Jed Ferdinand of Weston has opened two new businesses — an intellectual properties law firm and a domain name brokerage firm.
An attorney with 20 years of legal experience, Mr. Ferdinand has branched out on his own at a new office at 129 Post Road East in Westport.
From there he is overseeing two businesses: Ferdinand IP LLC, a branch of the international 24IP Law Group, and Domain Mediaries, a high-end domain name acquisitions and sales firm.
Mr. Ferdinand opened both businesses on Jan. 1, and although they are separate entities, they provide services that go hand in hand for business customers.
On the law firm side, Mr. Ferdinand handles all aspects of intellectual properties law — copyrights, trademarks and patents — including licensing, media and entertainment law.
As a member of the 24IP Law Group, which has offices in Berlin, London, and Paris, Mr. Ferdinand looks forward to providing global services for his clients. “This collaboration provides my clients with access to legal representation in important European markets and greater capabilities for technical matters,” he said.
Mr. Ferdinand has a long history of assisting clients with the acquisition and sale of intellectual property assets, including domain names, so operating Domain Mediaries, a domain name brokerage firm, seemed like a natural next step.
By recognizing the important value of brands to businesses, Domain Mediaries helps companies secure Web domain names and acquire “turnkey” brands. The company also handles domain name sales. Mr. Ferdinand said the company’s goal is to be “the investment bankers of brands.”
Offering both legal and domain name services under one roof is a valuable commodity, and can save clients time and money. “I don’t think there is a better time to do this than in this economy. The law market is changing and clients are looking for more specialization. They appreciate a boutique firm that can do things efficiently,” Mr. Ferdinand said.
Mr. Ferdinand has lived in Weston since 1999. His wife, Wendy, is a college admissions counselor and runs Weston College Prep, a service that helps students with college test preparation and applications. The couple has two children, Olivia, 13, and Tyler, 11.
Mr. Ferdinand is a former member of the Weston Conservation Commission and is currently on the Parks and Recreation Commission.
He has served as a member of the advisory board of leading publications in the intellectual property field, including The Licensing Journal and IP Litigator. He is a monthly columnist for the publication License India and has been a contributor to West’s Corporate Counsel Newsletter and to LIMA’s BottomLine publication.