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The Justice Department responds to DNC's lawsuit over the trademarks of Yosmite's iconic names

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The U.S. Justice Department has responded publicly for the first time to the lawsuit that DNC filed over the trademark of Yosemite iconic names like the Ahwahnee and Curry Village:

“With an aggressive, 25-page lawsuit response that foreshadows more maneuvering to come, the Justice Department publicly asserts for the first time that the former Yosemite concessionaire proposed an “improper and wildly inflated” value for the trademarked park names.

The company, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite Inc., demanded to be paid for the trademarks it valued at $44 million. The National Park Service, by contrast, said the trademarks for such park names as “The Ahwahnee” hotel were worth only $1.63 million.

“DNCY’s parent company has apparently embarked on a business model whereby it collects trademarks to the names of iconic property owned by the United States,” Justice Department attorney John H. Robertson wrote.

The parent company, Buffalo, N.Y.-based Delaware North, also has a concession at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and “has a trademark application for the name ‘Space Shuttle Atlantis,’ ” Robertson pointedly noted.”



Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article53172300.html

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Ha! Trademark "Space Shuttle Atlantis"...

And some thought this old post was silly:

Since DNC had trademarked many of the historic Yosemite Names, several name changes will also occur:

Ahwahnee Hotel will become White Wolf Lodge

Half Dome will become Dome of the Rock

Vernal Fall will become Ernest Fall

Nevada Fall will become California Fall

Yosemite Falls will be allowed to keep its name.

Thankfully there have been no plans to change anything about the Curry Pizza Deck!
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chicagocwright

Thankfully there have been no plans to change anything about the Curry Pizza Deck!

Don't be so sure, we haven't heard yet how many millions of $ DNC wants from the new concessionaire for the pizza recipe! eye rolling smiley
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PineCone
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chicagocwright

Thankfully there have been no plans to change anything about the Curry Pizza Deck!

Don't be so sure, we haven't heard yet how many millions of $ DNC wants from the new concessionaire for the pizza recipe! eye rolling smiley

If that priceless recipe really is DNC's, then I might have to switch sides to DNC!
They also want trademark protection for the name "Yosemite National Park". The NPS should have thought about this issue before it happened and needs to make sure that no other concessionaire can do this. As for DNC, maybe you should rethink your stance on this or you might never get another NPS contract.
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