My kid noticed to that Kroger brand products often have the phrase “From our family to yours” printed on the box under the Kroger logo, but so also do Bush’s Best products. There’s a “TM” on the Bush’s Best can by the phrase, but none on the Kroger products. He (and I) thought that if the phrase is trademarked by Bush’s Best, then Kroger can’t use it.
I found a page that seems to indicate Kroger of Michigan had a trademark on this phrase that was abandoned in 2012.
And that’s the only page connecting Kroger with that phrase that I’ve been able to find. To be clear–I am almost certain the Kroger products in our pantry were produced long after 2012, and anyway, we’re not in Michigan.
So what is it that my son and I have misunderstood about trademark law?