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CA Senate Approves State Parks Trademark Bill

Sacramento, CA — A bill gained approval in the California Senate that is designed to avoid similar type trademark disputes that have been witnessed in Yosemite National Park.

The Senate unanimously voted in favor of AB 2249 that would prohibit concessionaires from claiming ownership of names connected to state parks. It would not impact federal parks like Yosemite. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Republican Frank Bigelow and Democrats Ken Cooley and Adam Gray.

Several landmarks in Yosemite, including the Ahwahnee Hotel, were renamed due to a trademark dispute with Deleware North Company, the former concessionaire in the park. The bill now moves back to the Assembly for a vote.