Attorneys at Law Erik M. Pelton* Mark L. Donahey** Benjamin D.

of counsel

PO Box 100637 Arlington, VA 22210 T: 703.525.8009 F: 703.997.5349

* NJ DC Bar ** VA Bar *** VA DC & NY Bar


Veteran-Owned Small Business Pro Bono Trademark Initiative from Erik M. Pelton & Associates
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 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 veteranowned small businesses during the months of May and June 2012. 1 According to Mr. Pelton, EMP&A hopes the pro bono initiative will help veterans transfer their skills from the battlefield to the business world. “Through their service and sacrifice, veterans have proven that they have the leadership and drive necessary to succeed as entrepreneurs,” said Mr. Pelton. “Brand protection is critical for nearly all 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 program should complete the form below and return it to EMP&A via email ( or fax (703-997-5349).2 Business name: Veteran business owner(s): Contact phone number: Service branch: Website: Brief description of business: Brief description of desired trademark services (optional): Email address: Conflicts/years served: Percent vet.-owned:

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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.

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