Make Your Case with Our Trademark Identification & Expert Witness Services
Protect Your Interests with Our Security Clearance and Export Compliance Services

(703) 421-4080

Great Falls, Virginia

Author of "International Trademark Classification:
A Guide to the Nice Agreement" Published by Oxford University Press®

Trademark Assistance
Security Clearance, Applications, and Appeals
Export Compliance

Informational Trademark Identification, Classification and Practice Counseling

Receive dependable trademark identification and classification advice and expert witness services from our firm in Great Falls, Virginia. Delos is a consulting firm that specializes in the field of trademarks, particularly the identification and classification of trademarks under the Nice Agreement for the international classification of goods and services. With more than 30 years of experience in the US Patent & Trademark Office as well as a published book on the subject of trademark identification, a Delos attorney has the knowledge you need to assist you with your trademark issues.

Trademark Identification & Classification

Delos helps you with identifying your goods and services and classifying them in accordance with the Nice Agreement. We'll consult with you about your trademark application to ensure that it is processed quickly and accepted the very first time it is submitted or that issues raised by a national office during prosecution are resolved in your favor.

Training for Trademark Application

Depending on your needs, Delos will hold seminars or public speaking events to educate you and your staff about the ins and outs of the trademark process. You'll learn such things as how to apply for a trademark as well as what you can and can't do in the application process.

Expert Witness Services

When there are trademark disputes that are going to court, we can provide you with expert witness services to determine differences and similarities between your client's marks and goods and services and those with whom you are in dispute. With our years of experience, our expert opinion will help you find the strengths and weaknesses in your case and provide you with insights that will enhance the strengths and minimize the weaknesses. As "the one who wrote the book on trademark classification," the opinion of a Delos expert will carry great weight in courts, mediation, and other dispute resolution procedures.

Contact us at
(703) 421-4080
for an experienced and reputable opinion in the area of trademark identification and classification.

Security Clearance Law

Some clients, as a normal part of the performance of efforts for the government, require security clearances for facilities and personnel. The security clearance process has many pitfalls that can prevent an otherwise trustworthy employee from obtaining a necessary security clearance. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance costs the employer a great deal of money in lost productive time or contracts and jeopardizes the career of the employee.

In support of this need to smoothly obtain security clearances, Delos has established a distinct practice in security clearance law. This practice provides clients with the following services:

  • Pre-clearance counseling to acquaint employees with the process and what to expect.
  • On-call assistance to answer questions concerning the responses to DoD or other agency security clearance forms.
  • Interview support for those individuals who may be subject to Defense Security Service interviews.
  • The appeal of the denial of access to assist individuals in overcoming an adverse determination of fitness for access to classified material.
  • Representation in administrative hearings before the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) or other agencies, for those exceptional cases where a hearing with witnesses is required to obtain the necessary clearance.

These services result in a greater percentage of employees being cleared and a more rapid start on contractual efforts due to a larger cleared-employee pool, together with savings to the employer in overhead due to fewer employees being in an uncleared status for an extended period of time. More detail on the above services is provided below.

Pre-Clearance Counseling

When employees apply for clearances, they are often simply asked to fill out forms (typically the DD Form 1879 and the Standard Form 86, the successors to the infamous DD398 or equivalent). While instruction for the forms is provided, the potential ramifications of certain responses are not addressed, leaving the employee wondering whether or not to report certain events in his/her past. The consequences of a failure to report an event, or of the event itself, are not explained. Nor is the effect of the event on the successful granting of a clearance explained.

Pre-clearance counseling involves explaining the meaning of the various categories of questions to the employee. It also involves informing employees of the relative importance of certain events in one's past and how to deal with such past events on the security clearance form. Confidential private sessions are available for those employees desiring such attention, to explain and specifically deal with events and questions of a personal nature. These sessions are kept confidential in order to encourage full disclosure of past events, maximizing the chance of a successful granting of access to classified data.

Polygraph Examination

If desired, a discussion of the requirements of a polygraph examination can be conducted as well, to alleviate the tension associated with this process. It is important for the applicant to be familiar with the categories of questions and what will and will not be asked. This greatly relaxes the employees leading to the more rapid and higher passage rate of such examinations.

On-Call Assistance

After pre-clearance counseling, Delos is available to discuss questions that may arise as individuals subsequently remember events or simply have questions regarding their clearance form responses. This on-call assistance minimizes the number of costly personal visits with an attorney, yet gives prompt responses to a candidate's needs for answers regarding security clearance forms and procedures.

Appeals of Denial of Access

If an adverse determination of fitness for access to classified data is made by the clearing agency, it is not the end of the road. Yous Delos attorney will candidly assess for the employer the chances of prevailing on the issues that are obstacles to the applicant's access. After such an assessment, if warranted, the attorney will intervene with the agency and take the appropriate steps to obtain the statement of reasons for the denial of access, make the appropriate FOIA/Privacy Act requests for information, and prepare the necessary written, oral appeals. Any appeal is submitted with knowledge of the appropriate case law and mitigating circumstances accepted by the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA).

Conduct of Administrative Hearings

In certain cases, it is clearly appropriate to request a hearing before the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) to review a denial of access determination. It has been our experience in such hearings that the Administrative Judge is quite fair and impartial in his/her determination. In the hearings, which are informal, the government presents its position as to why the applicant should be denied access, and the applicant presents his/her side of the argument in favor of granting such clearance. During the hearing, the applicant can confront government witnesses and have an opportunity to present his/her own witnesses to support the applicant's access to classified information. Delos will prepare all aspects of the hearing and conduct the defense of the applicant. All procedures are conducted with the various clearance guidelines in mind to maximize chances for reversing the initial determination. (NOTE: In the case of a military member or government civilian, the process is somewhat different. The government does not present its case to the Administrative Judge. However, the military member or government civilian has no right to confront or call witnesses).


Delos offers one of the few full-service security clearance practices available. Our attorneys have extensive experience with the issues that can arise in the clearance process. We have also successfully counseled many employees on all phases of the security clearance procedure. Counseling of the type offered by our firm will prevent costly mistakes from being made by the applicant that can damage the chances of the company obtaining the cleared workforce it needs to obtain and perform classified work for the government.

Contact us at
(703) 421-4080 for an experienced and reputable opinion in the area of security clearance.

Export Compliance

When the Commerce Department recommends interaction with the Department of State for a classification of your product or service, we prepare documentation and argue for the most favorable treatment of the products and services involved.

If your company sometimes hires foreign nationals under appropriate visa requirements, Delos will evaluate the country of origin of your employees to ensure that you are in compliance with the "deemed export" rules of the various controlling government agencies, and recommend the appropriate steps to avoid any export rule violations.

Delos will also run checks on all of your customers to ensure that the "know your customer" rules are complied with through effective restricted party screening.

If you are involved in a merger or acquisition with a foreign company, Delos will advise you or your M&A counsel on the deal structure to avoid and or mitigate Foreign Ownership Control and Influence (FOCI) concerns that may arise. Delos's attorneys can interact with a variety of Government Agencies, including the Defense Security Service, to establish the correct structure and to report regime that will allow the merger or acquisition to proceed in the most effective manner.

Our Export Control Services Include:

  • Third-party submitter for Commerce Department licensing
  • Establishing an export control plan for companies
  • Preparing and submitting Commodity Jurisdiction Requests to State Department
  • ITAR determinations and mitigation
  • Preparing and submitting Technical Assistance Agreements
  • Assisting in structuring M&A to avert and mitigate export control issues

Contact us at
(703) 421-4080 for an experienced and reputable opinion in the area of export compliance.

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(703) 421-4080

529 Clear Spring Road
Great Falls, VA 22066-1409