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.
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:
 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.