The Detroit Regional Chamber has trademarked its signature public policy conference held on Mackinac Island annually on the week of Memorial Day.
Detroit’s chamber of commerce filed a trademark for “Mackinac Policy Conference” on June 6 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The chamber also filed for a trademark for the social media hashtag #MPC**, with the two asterisks standing for the calendar year of each conference.
Both word marks claim the goods and services provided include “arranging and conducting educational conferences relating to economic development, advocacy, education, policy and political issues” and “training services in the field of advocacy and politics.”
A disclaimer on the trademark filings says the Detroit Regional Chamber makes no exclusive claim to the words “policy conference.”
The trademark designations were filed four days after the Detroit Regional Chamber’s four-day 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference ended.
“Now in its 38th year, the success of the Mackinac Policy Conference has built the conference’s brand,” Tiffany Jones, communications director for the Detroit Regional Chamber, said in a statement. “As proud stewards of the brand, it was on our internal to-do list to submit the trademark application as we do with our other intellectual property and brands.
About 1,700 of Michigan’s top leaders in business, politics, philanthropy, education and civic organizations gathered May 30-June 2 for this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference.
The Detroit chamber has been holding the annual conference at Mackinac Island’s historic Grand Hotel since 1981.
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