Erik Pelton

Of Counsel

Falls Church, VA

New Jersey

J.D., Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
B.A., Boston University


Erik Pelton is the founder and lead attorney at Erik M. Pelton & Associates, PLLC. He is a former trademark examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and he has been practicing intellectual property law for over 20 years. He uses this experience and specialized knowledge to help businesses big and small protect their brands. 


Leadership & Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Association of Intellectual Property Firms, 2012-2016
  • Board of Directors, Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, 2011-2015
  • Vice Chair, City of Falls Church Economic Development Activity, 2016-17, 2019
  •  American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property
    • Past Chair, PTO Trademark Affairs, Inter Partes Committee
    • Member, PTO Trademark Affairs, Ex Parte Committee
    • Liason, Trademark Public Advisory Committee, 2017-Present
  • International Trademark Association 
    • Trademark Office Practices Committee, USPTO Subcommittee, 2016-Present

Intellectual Property Experience

  • Developed Apptorney®, an iPhone application for trademark and patient practitioners, 2010
  • Attorney of record for more than 100 copyright registrations
  • Attorney of record for more than 3,000 federal trademark applications and registrations since 1999
  • Represented clients in all aspects of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings
  • Successfully stopped multiple trademark infringers
  • Successfully represented parties in domain name arbitration disputes
  • Assisted clients in drafting and reviewing intellectual property agreements
  • Filed international trademark applications in numerous countries via Madrid Protocol
  • Supervised development of sofTMware® proprietary cloud software for management of trademark files and tracking U.S.P.T.O. data (



  • Named a Top 20 Trademark Attorney by NameProtect's Trademark Insider®, 2007
  • Named a Top 10 Trademark Attorney by NameProtect's Trademark Insider®, 2006
  • Named a Top 10 Trademark Attorney by NameProtect's Trademark Insider®, 2005


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External Publications

  • Author, IPelton® blog on trademark and social media topics
  • Author, TTABulator® blog on Trademark Trial and Appeal Board matters


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