For five years, our firm has offered a pro bono program to file and prosecute trademark applications at no cost for veteran owned small businesses*.
To date, we have helped register more than 50 trademarks with the USPTO for such businesses. For more information about the program, please email me.
In 2016, Erik was named to the District of Columbia Court’s pro bono honor roll.
According to Mr. Pelton, the pro bono initiative is to 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.”
EMP&A is committed to pro bono trademark services and to serving our nation’s veterans. Since 2012, EMP&A has assisted with the filing of more than 50 trademark applications for veteran owned small businesses from around the United States. Mr. Pelton is also a resource and partner for graduates of the EBV (Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities). In addition, the firm has represented the American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial in registering several trademarks.
* Participating businesses will be responsible for any government filing fees. 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.