EMP&A is committed to pro bono trademark services and to serving our nation’s veterans. Since 2012, EMP&A has assisted with the free filing of more than 75 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).
- 2018 Nominee – The Distinguished Service Awards: Honoring Veteran, Businesses & Leaders in Greater Washington
- Named to the District of Columbia Court Pro Bono Honor Roll: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
- Speaker at 2018 AIPF annual meeting on ‘Incorporating Pro Bono Work Into Your IP Practice’
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.”
* 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.
Thank you to all who have served to protect our freedoms and values!