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City Hall in early May secured a federal trademark for the municipal seal for uses related to the functions of the local government, another important step as leaders continue to protect the names of key facilities and logos after a highly charged dispute about the use of the name of the community itself.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office on May 8 granted a trademark for the seal, a widely used graphic by City Hall that includes the name of the community and 1884, the year of incorporation. Officials put the seal on all sorts of publications, website postings and on public buildings. There is an especially large seal emblazoned on the China Bridge garage on Swede Alley. The Patent and Trademark Office did not receive a formal opposition filing against the City Hall trademark application.