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ALEXANDRIA, VA – April 18, 2007 – In 2006, Erik M. Pelton ranked sixth among all attorneys filing applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, according to the 2006 Annual Edition of NameProtect’s Trademark Insider®. For the third year in a row, Mr. Pelton has earned a top 10 ranking. In 2006, Mr. Pelton filed 381 trademark applications last year, and since 1999, has represented clients in more than 1,500 trademark applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Reached for comment, Mr. Pelton said, “I am honored to receive this award for a third consecutive year and look forward to providing affordable trademark services to even more small businesses in 2007. Increasingly, small businesses and entrepreneurs realize the importance and value of protecting their brand names and logos as they grow their business. Offering affordable legal services makes it possible for me to be an important element in their success.”

Asked what sets his trademark legal services apart from those of other attorneys, Mr. Pelton responded, “I offer flat fee all-inclusive rates and free consultations. I also offer a lot of free information on my website at www.tm4smallbiz.com, which allows small business owners to learn the basics of trademark protection without burdening their already hectic schedules. These qualities are attractive incentives for small business seeking to strengthen and protect their brands.”

In the past year, Mr. Pelton was also the attorney of record for dozens of copyright registration filings, conducted dozens of comprehensive trademark searches, successfully stopped multiple trademark infringers, assisted clients in reviewing intellectual property agreements, and filed international trademark applications in numerous countries.

Mr. Pelton began his trademark law practice and web site (www.tm4smallbiz.com) in 1999 with the goal of providing intellectual property expertise to small businesses. Now in his eighth year as a trademark and intellectual property attorney, Mr. Pelton has assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs and businesses from around the country and the world successfully register and protect their trademarks. Prior to beginning his practice, Mr. Pelton gained extensive experience working as a trademark examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

NameProtect’s Trademark Insider® is a quarterly publication providing trademark information to the business and legal community.  Its annual report provides insight into overall trademark filing activity, a ranking of leading trademark law firms and companies, and an analysis of overall industry trends. Mr. Pelton’s firm, Erik M. Pelton, Attorney at Law also ranked #62 among all law firms for 2006 in the number of trademark applications filed.

To learn more about Mr. Pelton’s trademark services or to obtain assistance with registering a trademark, visit www.tm4smallbiz.com or call toll free 877-861-8686.

Contact Information:
Erik Pelton, Attorney at Law
703-525-8009
emp@tm4smallbiz.com

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