The p.r. disaster for Delaware North over its lawsuit against the National Park Service over trademarks they obtained for iconic attractions at Yosemite National Park could continue into 2017.
According to National Parks Traveler:
If neither Delaware North Cos. nor the National Park Service blinks in their standoff over trademarks to iconic place names in Yosemite National Park, don't be surprised if the dispute drags on into 2017.
This battle is being waged on two fronts: In the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., and in the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office, also in Washington. While the court of claims has yet to establish any calendar for hearing the lawsuit brought by Delaware North's subsidiary, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, against the Interior Department and Park Service, the Trademark and Patent Office has specified a timeframe for attorneys on both sides to work under as the office considers the government's request that it cancel the trademarks DNC holds to Yosemite National Park, The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Lodge, Wawona Hotel, Camp Curry, and other properties in Yosemite.
In short, the trial schedule set down by the Trademark and Patent Office runs deep into May 2017, although the office does invite the parties to consider arbitration or mediation.Hopefully, a boycott of Delaware North will have the effect of "grabbing them by the balls so their hearts and minds will follow."
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