Trademark Law

Trademark Suit Claims ‘Field of Screams’ Name Belongs to Pa. Attraction


A haunted house in Maryland calling itself Field of Screams is facing a trademark suit by an attraction with the same name in Pennsylvania.

The Field of Screams in Mountville, Pa., claims in the suit that it had the name first and holds the trademark for a market that includes the Washington metropolitan market, the Washington Post reports. The for-profit Pennsylvania venture claims its venue is better than the Olney, Md., haunted house, a fund-raiser for the Olney Boys and Girls Community Sports Association.

Jim Schopf, a co-owner of the Pennsylvania attraction, told the Post that some customers trying to buy advance tickets were confused about which Field of Screams they were calling or which website they were visiting.

The Maryland Field of Screams counters that the two haunted houses are about a two-hour drive apart and they aren’t competitors. It says there are at least 25 other Field of Screams attractions, and the name is a common description for a haunted attraction.

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