Re: Delaware North...sigh
Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:08 am
From today's SF Chronicle editorial page:
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself.
Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar — all bring to mind a place coveted worldwide for its sweeping views, river rapids and history told though layers of geology.
But the fate of those names is up for debate after a longtime Grand Canyon concessionaire applied to trademark them.
Approval of its bid would mean Xanterra Parks & Resorts could charge future concessionaires to use roughly 20 names of the park's most popular properties. It also could walk away with those names, leaving the iconic lodges and other facilities to adopt a new identity.
The National Park Service is weighing how to respond with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on the matter, which a spokesman described as relatively uncharted ground.
Park Service spokesman Jeff Olson said he's aware of only two other national parks where companies have registered for trademarks for names, Yosemite in California and Hot Springs in Arkansas.
"This is a new issue for us," Olson wrote in an email.
Xanterra applied for the trademarks just before its contract to manage South Rim hotels, restaurants and mule rides expired at the end of December. The company later won a temporary contract and can bid on a new one expected sometime this year.