‘Press Releases’ Category


Erik Pelton Selected for TBD Law, a Private Group of the Most Innovative and
Future-Oriented Small Firm Lawyers in the World

St. Louis, Missouri.—February 23, 2017—​Erik Pelton was named as one of 50 invite-only
members of the second ​ TBD Law​ conference in St. Louis on February 26-28, representing
some of the most innovative and forward-thinking solo and small firm lawyers to step outside
their comfort zone to reimagine the law practices of tomorrow. The event, a joint effort of the
online small firm community, ​​ and meeting facilitation company, ​Filament​, is
focused on convening innovative small firm lawyers and changing the nature of legal
conferences and the legal profession.

“The first TBD Law conference was the two most valuable days of my professional life as a solo,
and I will continue to reap the benefits of these two days for years to come,” said 2016
participant Megan Zavieh.

“We are really excited that Erik Pelton is part of the TBD Law community and joining our
February conference in St. Louis. Erik’s innovative work on trademarks makes him a
tremendous addition to this small, select group and we are confident that he will make some
great contributions to helping define what the future of small firm law practice will look like,” said
Aaron Street, the CEO of

Erik Pelton ​ will join 50 invitation-only attendees who will come together at TBD Law to workshop
fresh ideas, network, build their professional circle, participate in a hackathon, and much more.
TBD Law has no presenters, speakers, or session topics, but instead uses a variety of
interactive activities and techniques to engage attendees in working together to solve each
other’s challenges and work to define the future of law practice.

About TBD Law​: TBD Law is an invitation-only semi-annual event and online community for a
small group of the most innovative, creative, and forward-thinking small firm lawyers in the
world. It is organized by and Filament. Learn more: ​

About ​ is the​ largest online community of solo and small-firm
lawyers in the world. Learn more:​ ​

About Filament: ​ Filament is a St. Louis-based meeting facility and meeting facilitation service,
offering a new way of running meetings. Learn more: ​

Filmmaker James Lantz is making a documentary movie, A Defiant Dude, about Bo Muller-Moore – the “Eat More Kale” guy – and his trademark dispute with Chik-fil-A®.

The film project was launched via Kickstarter, with nearly 2,000 people having pledged a total of $89,000 to help fund it. See a trailer for the film project here.

I was interviewed earlier this week by James and his crew for nearly 2 hours. We held the interview at Clare and Don’s Beach Shack®, a local Falls Church small business owned by my wife Rebecca Tax and her brother David Tax. Below are some photos from the film shoot.

Regardless of what you think about trademark bullies and about the Eat More Kale situation, one thing is for sure: Eat More Kale, with a Facebook page featuring thousands of followers and now a crowd-sourced film project , is an example of how social media has the potential to affect trademark disputes.

The story and the issues at play are important, and it looks like James is committed to telling the story in an in-depth and informative manner. I can’t wait to see the film and share with you more of what I said about trademark bullies, small businesses, and the value of trademarks.  Stay tuned!


Erik M. Pelton & Associates, PLLC (“EMP&A”), an experienced boutique trademark law firm in Falls Church, Virginia is proud to announce a new pro bono initiative in connection with the upcoming 2012 National Veteran Small Business Conference, in Detroit, Michigan, where EMP&A founder Erik Pelton will speak about “Trademark Basics for Small Businesses.”

Through this pro bono initiative, EMP&A will donate its time and U.S. trademark application services to as many as 25 veteran-owned small businesses during the months of May and June 2012.[1]

National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo

According to Mr. Pelton, the goal of the pro bono initiative will help veterans who have transferred their skills from the battlefield to the business world leverage the value of their intellectual property. “Through their service and sacrifice, veterans have proven that they have the leadership and drive necessary to succeed as entrepreneurs,” said Mr. Pelton. “Strong brand protection is critical for small businesses, yet it is often difficult to commit sufficient time and resources toward investments in trademark registration and other intellectual property protections. Our goal is to help veteran entrepreneurs protect their trademarks, so they can stay focused on growing successful businesses.”

Veteran-owned businesses that wish to take part in this pro bono program should complete and submit the form below[2]:

Veteran-Owned Small Business Pro Bono Trademark Initiative from Erik M. Pelton & Associates

[1] Participating businesses will be responsible for any government filing fees.

[1] All decisions regarding participation shall be at the sole discretion of EMP&A. No attorney-client relationship shall exist prior to the signing of a retainer agreement.

Panel on Intellectual Property Issues Added to 2011 Social Media Summit

Erik Pelton, founder of Erik M. Pelton & Associates, PLLC®, a boutique trademark law firm in Falls Church, Virginia, will lead the panel, Social Media and Intellectual Property Issues.

The Summit will take place September 14, 2011 at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

2011 Social Media Summit webpage.

Twitter: @HUSocialSummit


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Erik M. Pelton & Associates Reaches 1,500th U.S. Trademark Registration Milestone