Who
We Are

The Nontraditional Trademark Lawyers®

EMP&A was founded with the dream of making intellectual property protection understandable, accessible, and affordable for businesses and entrepreneurs of all sizes and types. Founder and Lead Attorney Erik Pelton began his career as a trademark examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) before launching his own boutique trademark law practice in Falls Church, VA. Erik’s vision was to make the process of protecting a company brand easy—whether for a solo practitioner or an international corporation—and he knew that great service with predictable and reasonable flat fees were the keys.

Erik and his team think of themselves not just as experienced trademark attorneys but, more importantly, as counselors who work with their clients side-by-side to support their business goals and make the most of their brand assets.

And they do it all on a flat-fee basis, made significantly more affordable thanks to EMP&A’s proprietary software that does much of the administrative heavy lifting so that the attorneys can focus on the clients and on the casework.

"Erik was fantastic to work with, from helping me understand what my business actually needed to apply for to what the most successful plan was. I supplied the information he needed, and then Erik took it from there, applying his expertise to get three of my four applications approved! A great experience all around!"
Lynn H.

How Are We Different from Other Law Firms and Trademark Services?

  • Experience: Lead Attorney Erik Pelton has been in the field of trademarks for more than 20 years. Together, the EMP&A staff has more than 30 years of experience in the field.
  • Flat fees: Every trademark application filed by EMP&A since 1999 has been handled via an all-inclusive flat fee covering the entire application process with no hidden costs.
  • Technology: We leverage technology to streamline the application process. Over the years, we have developed proprietary software, free monitoring websites, an iOS app, and more.

Meet Erik & Team!