The fight over the names of historic hotels and other beloved landmarks at Yosemite National Park is escalating.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the National Park service has asked a federal trademark board to cancel trademarks obtained by the company that previously ran the park’s hotels, restaurants and outdoor activities. Those trademarks include the name, “The Ahwahnee,” which was used on a luxurious stone and timber hotel with stunning views of the park’s fabled granite peaks.
The park’s previous concession company, Delaware North, is demanding the park service pay it $51 million for the names and other intellectual property and has filed a lawsuit in federal court. Its attorneys are asking the trademark board not to take any action until the lawsuit is resolved.