Trademark Infringement Suit Settles with Dropped 'The'

A nonprofit group has settled a trademark infringement suit by agreeing to drop “the” from its name.

The Barns of Rose Hill will now be known as Barns of Rose Hill, according to the Washington Post blog The State of NoVa. The nonprofit in Berryville, Va., turned two donated barns into a cultural center and opened last September. One week later the organization received a letter from The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., complaining of trademark infringement, the The State of NoVa reported in a prior story.

The Barns at Wolf Trap, which operates an amphitheater for performing arts, filed suit on Dec. 14. It alleged that Rose Hill had added “The Barns” to its name to cause consumers to believe Wolf Trap had opened a new location.

As part of the settlement, Barns of Rose Hill will also remove “Northern Virginia” from its marketing materials, the story says.

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