Our Practice


We protect innovation for less.

We offer reasonable flat fees and discounted rates to help clients manage and predict the costs of protecting their creative and fashion innovations.

We devise brand protection strategies to meet the needs of our diverse clients.

Our clients range from creative start ups to well established brick and mortar companies.  We advise emerging fashion designers, unique non profits, culinary artists, interior designers, boutique owners, top defense contractors, international tea purveyors, educators, painters, songwriters, software designers, and more.

Our attorneys are experienced in every aspect of IP Protection.

Innovation PI was founded in 2002 to address the unique needs of creative entrepreneurs.  We have significant experience in intellectual property docketing, management and enforcement.

We believe that IP protection is a right that should be available to ALL creatives.

Because creative entrepreneurs are vital to the American economy, Innovation PI works with a variety of community partners to develop strategies to protect the innovations that enable creatives to compete in a global marketplace.


Innovation PI attorneys have worked in the field of Intellectual Property law for over 15 years. Our attorneys work to make the trademark, copyright and patent registration processes simple and affordable.  To that end we tailor our intellectual property protection strategies to a client’s specific needs. We work with clients to select trademarks that will be afforded the most protection. We are adept at conducting patent, trademark and copyright searches to help mitigate risk before filing.  We work with clients to draft and file trademark, copyright and patent applications that are devoid of common procedural and substantive issues that can potentially derail applications. Because we understand the demands of running a small business we have devised creative strategies to assist clients with maintaining their issued patents, trademark and copyright registrations by alerting clients about significant copyright, patent and trademark dates so that clients do not lose their IP rights prematurely.  Finally we have adopted a flat fee structure for most of our copyright, patent and trademark filings to better help our clients manage and predict IP costs.


Mariessa Terrell, Esq

Mariessa Terrell is a native Washingtonian who has been practicing law for over 16 years, specializing in trademark, trademark enforcement, licensing and contracts.  Through her firm, SBC Law Group, Mariessa provides marketing, intellectual property docketing services, software licensing and intellectual property law services to a variety of corporate and business development clients, including: Lockheed Martin Corporation Information Systems and Global Services; Leidos Corporation, the University of the District of Columbia; the Washington Baptist Seminary; Global Villages Publishing, Raine Magazine; Gloria Gelfand Marketing Co. and many others.

Prior to starting her own firm in 2003, Mariessa served as a trademark attorney for the US Patent and Trademark Office where she prosecuted trademarks for leaders in the publishing, fashion and beauty industries. Mariessa also served as a law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Cheryl Long, who presided over the Tax Division of the Superior Court of District of Columbia.

Learn more about Mariessa here.


John D. Mason, Esq

John D. Mason is an art, entertainment and intellectual property attorney, and literary agent. He is based in the Washington DC/Maryland area. His practice focuses on copyright and trademark transactional matters, litigation, publishing and media issues, contracts, and commercial matters. He works with writers, artists, filmmakers and people and companies in creative industries to protect, promote and exploit their work. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Mason is adjunct faculty teaching Entertainment Law at UDC Law School, past adjunct teaching Art and the Law at George Mason University, Board President of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and past Advisory Board member of the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington.

Leila Garcia, Paralegal

Leila Garcia is an Executive IP Paralegal with experience assisting worldwide patent and trademark prosecution matters, patent and trademark litigation, US and Canadian copyright work, and worldwide domain name protection. She is a paralegal with a certificate from an ABA Approved paralegal program and bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from Bay Path College and an MBA from American Military and Public University. Leila enjoys volunteering, hiking, and spending time with her family. Leila is a Marine veteran and has been with SBC Law Group for 5 years.