YOSEMITE – The concession company that runs Yosemite National Park has quietly informed the National Park Service that it owns the names of some of the park’s most famous spots, including the historic Ahwahnee Hotel, Curry Village, Yosemite Lodge and Badger Pass, according to documents filed with the Park Service.
NBC Bay Area is reporting that Delaware North is claiming that they own the tradename and servicemark registrations for all of the names of businesses, restaurants and lodges it operates within Yosemite National Park.
Delaware North reportedly sent letters to the Park Service just as they began soliciting bids for a new concessionaire’s agreement at Yosemite National Park back in July.
NBC Bay Area also reports that, according to documents filed with the federal government, Delaware North says the Park Service must pay it $51 million in “intellectual property rights” fees for the right to continue to use the names if another concessionaire is chosen.
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