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>Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 13:10:11 -0400
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>ATTENTION ALL LAND USE ACTIVISTS!
>
>There has been an application put in to the US Patent and Trademark
>Office to register the term "smart growth" as an offical service mark.
>Which means you can no longer use this term freely.  MEC has drafted a
>sample
>letter of opposition to the USPTO.  Unfortunately the letter must go out
>
>by the end of the day today, Thursday, June 15, 2000.  If you have any
>suggestions or qeustions, please e-mail me back at klavite3@msu.edu, or
>call Maggie at the Michigan Environmental Council at (517) 487-9539.
>Thanks for your help!
>
>Maggie Klaviter
>Land Programs Assistant
>Michigan Environmental Council
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>
>June 15, 2000
>
>Commissioner for Trademarks
>United States Patent and Trademark Office
>Box TTBA
>2900 Crystal Drive
>Arlington, VA 22202-3513
>
>Re:  Application Serial number 75506221
> Filed as “smart growth”
> Date published: May 16, 2000
>
>Dear Commissioner:
>
>The Michigan Environmental Council is a coalition of over 50
>environmental, public health and faith based organizations with more
>than 170,000 individual members that provides a collective voice for the
>
>environment at the State Capitol.  MEC serves as a clearinghouse of
>environmental information, develops public policy, educates the public
>and offers training and support to member organizations.  MEC is
>fighting sprawl, protecting Michigan’s water, lowering threats to
>children’s health and promoting sustainable business practices.
>
>MEC has worked since 1997 to build a public understanding of the smart
>growth philosophy.  The term is used to express a range of growth
>management techniques.  MEC has spent countless staff hours and dollars
>creating, publishing and distributing materials to educate and inform
>the public and our members about smart growth.  Granting an exclusive
>service mark to “smart growth” would cause harm to MEC in lost hours of
>work and wasted materials already printed.  In addition we would have to
>
>expand future resources and develop other terminology that would have to
>
>be used to replace “smart growth”.  I have enclosed some of our
>publications that include this term.  The loss of free use of this term
>would permanently damage our program.
>
>The term “smart growth” has been used in public domain since Governor
>Glendening and his staff in Maryland began their smart growth
>legislation in 1997.  If you put the term “smart growth” in a search
>engine on the Internet, you will find 4,370 hits.  This term is used by
>more organizations than MEC could ever list.  MEC urges you not to
>fighting sprawl, protecting Michigan’s water, lowering threats to
>children’s health and promoting sustainable business practices.
>
>MEC has worked since 1997 to build a public understanding of the smart
>growth philosophy.  The term is used to express a range of growth
>management techniques.  MEC has spent countless staff hours and dollars
>creating, publishing and distributing materials to educate and inform
>the public and our members about smart growth.  Granting an exclusive
>service mark to “smart growth” would cause harm to MEC in lost hours of
>work and wasted materials already printed.  In addition we would have to
>
>expand future resources and develop other terminology that would have to
>
>be used to replace “smart growth”.  I have enclosed some of our
>publications that include this term.  The loss of free use of this term
>would permanently damage our program.
>
>The term “smart growth” has been used in public domain since Governor
>Glendening and his staff in Maryland began their smart growth
>legislation in 1997.  If you put the term “smart growth” in a search
>engine on the Internet, you will find 4,370 hits.  This term is used by
>more organizations than MEC could ever list.  MEC urges you not to more
>organizations than MEC could ever list.  MEC urges you not to
>register this mark.  Thank you for the opportunity to oppose this mark.
>
>Sincerely,
>
>
>
>Lana Pollack
>President
>
>
>
>
>
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Mary Beth Doyle, MPH
Environmental Health Project
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor MI 48104

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