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Wolf Trap Sues Non-Profit For 'Barns' Name

Performing arts center says The Barns of Rose Hill is using name to mislead patrons

Wolf Trap is suing a community arts center in Berryville, Va. for using "The Barns" — also the name of Wolf Trap's indoor performance space — in its name.

The federal trademark infringement lawsuit, filed Dec. 14 but served last week, claims the name was used intentionally to make patrons believe Wolf Trap had expanded to a second location, the Washington Post reports.

It asks the Clarke County center to stop using "The Barns of Rose Hill" in its name as well as in its website address and also pay Wolf Trap for damages and lawyers fees. It also asks the group to surrender all signs, labels, ads and materials with "the Infringing Mark," the Post reports.

In a statement to the Post, Wolf Trap said it "has no desire to force The Barns of Rose Hill out of business. This is strictly about trademarks, and the need to prevent consumer confusion in the marketplace."

"The Barns at Rose Hill" was a 50-year vision for an arts, music and visitors center. A non-profit volunteer group named "The Barns of Rose Hill" raised $2.4 million to transform two abandoned barns into a useable space, reporter Tom Jackman wrote. It celebrated its grand opening in September and the four-acre center is now run by a volunteer board of directors.

"The Barns at Wolf Trap" has been registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for years, the Post reports. Wolf Trap registered "The Barns" as a service mark in October.

The Berryville organization says it can't afford to take the matter to court, and has set up a page for donations on its website. It's also organized a Facebook page called Big BAD Wolf Trap Bully, the Post says.

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Linda Miller Freeman January 20, 2012 at 12:44 PM
This is ridiculous! Wolf Trap is way way way out of line. Sounds like a bunch of lawyers with nothing to do. Rose Hill is actually a barn! I've been there, it is lovely. The "Barns" of Wolf Trap looks as much like a barn as my house looks like a barn. Shame on you Wolf Trap.
Diane Meek January 20, 2012 at 03:19 PM
How insulting to think that patrons will think The Barns of Rose Hill is an extension of Wolf Trap. Leave Rose Hill in Berryville alone, it is not like it is next door. Too much money in Vienna which could be used for better use.
Bob Gaffle January 20, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Wolf Trap, Why in the world do you feel the need to attack a small town not for profit community playhouse? What is wrong with you people? I live here in Herndon and have been going to concerts at Wolf Trap for years. Not any more, I’m not contributing to a group that feels the need to attack a small town. I read the statement you released and many of the news reports. The media has painted you as liars on top of being predatory. The board of directors at Wolf Trap is a joke and should be removed from their post. Each one of you obviously have an over inflated ego.
Trish Strat January 20, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Boo Wolf Trap! On the bright side, this is good press for the Barns of Rose Hill! I'll be sure to visit, now!
Trish Strat January 21, 2012 at 10:14 PM
http://www.clarkedailynews.com/wolf-trap-takes-on-small-town-america-and-comes-away-with-black-eye/28715/comment-page-1#comment-63016
okidd@hotmail.com January 23, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I've been to Wolf Trap and think their facility is wonderful. They present nationally and internationally known entertainers. It's hard to imagine that anyone who could afford tickets to Wolf Trap (or The Barns at Wolf Trap) would not be able to discerne between the two facilities. What a waste of time and money by a foundation that should be working with the smaller venues to promote the arts. Shame! Shame! Shame!
Trish Strat January 23, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Enjoy this: http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19286&catid=155&Itemid=986#.Tx3LRCZ6aLA.facebook
Todd Post January 24, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Here's my take on Wolf Trap's law suit: http://toddmpost.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/whos-afraid-of-the-big-bad-wolf-when-you-have-social-media/
Trish Strat January 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM
News report on the meeting: http://www.tv3winchester.com/home/headlines/Barns_of_Rose_Hill_Board_Chair_Meets_with_Wolf_Trap_CEO_137922623.html
Trish Strat January 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM
The two arts venues reach an agreement: http://www.clarkedailynews.com/breaking-news-on-the-barns-of-rose-hill/28927

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