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    Quote Originally Posted by mtruman View Post
    That's just awesome Sue!! Perhaps if the hotel is able to get their rights to the name they could also arrange to have the mountain moved - and dropped on top of the hotel. They might have more luck with guests showing up in the right location that way!
    Well, when I saw a kid - - - there was a hotel on the top of Mt Washington.
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    Hi folks,

    Here's an update for you... Apparently, CNL has revised their filing to specifically limit the area protected only to lodging. They are working closely with one of the three lodging businesses in the area that they originally targeted, and it seems to be headed towards a licensing agreement very much in the favor of the small business. My sense is that this got out of control very quickly and CNL is looking to remedy the situation in an amicable way as quickly as possible.

    As far as the Observatory is concerned, we continue to do our homework on this issue. At this point, it doesn't appear to be a threat, but it has certainly sparked discussion within our Executive Committee about protecting some of our own names and phrases.

    Scot Henley
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    Perhaps one day trademarks will go the way of #1 rankings in Google: Mount Washington.
    Hummm... maybe CNL should pay the Obs a licensing fee

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    What is interesting to me is the Mount Washington Hotel & Resort is not consistent with its name. Some places it is The Mount Washington Hotel. Other places it is the Mount Washington Resort. On their web site it is called the Bretton Woods Hotel. Other places it is the Omni Mount Washington Hotel. They seem to be a moving target with names. After a bit of research I see the Mount Washington Resort is the overseeing thing. In it are several entities 3 of which are hotels. The Mount Washington Hotel, The Bretton Arms and the Lodge. Then they use other names inconsistently. An article about the revision is at http://www.businessweek.com/ap/finan.../D9JHG13O0.htm
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    I love thinking about topics like this - what seems like an interesting question ends up with seeing things differently or new. So, I am off on the topic of what words or phrases "are" Mount Washington Observatory's or should be. Maybe these should be trademarked to protect them as Scot suggests. I am sure the Executive Committee has started a list. But, will we come up with additional ones?

    My list includes

    - Home of the World's Worst Weather
    - MWOBS
    - Weather Discovery Center
    - ObsCast
    - EduTrip
    - DayTrip
    - Seek The Peak
    - Auto Road Vertical Profile
    - Science in the Mountains
    - Windswept
    - The Weather Notebook
    - Sunset Soiree
    - MWO
    - Century Club
    - pitot anemometer
    - The Goodhue Society
    - Igniting a Passion for Science
    - Gladys Brooks Memorial Library
    - Summit Club
    - "231" Club
    - 6,288 Club
    - Mount Washington Regional Mesonet
    - Ultimate Mount Washington

    Any others? It was interesting coming up with this list. Do you know what The Goodhue Society is? I do now.
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    Brad, you are right about the different identities within the Mount Washington Resort. i was scratching my head about that yesterday, too, and wondering if I were the only one who noticed it.

    Breeze

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad View Post
    What is interesting to me is the Mount Washington Hotel & Resort is not consistent with its name. ...
    That is another issue that has people in the valley upset. The current owners of the hotel built by Joseph Stickney from 1900 to 1902 may have a claim on the name Mount Washington Hotel but the two words Mount Washington alone were not used and can not be claimed by CNL which is why their application has been suspended for over 2 years. They were clearly out of line sending "cease and desist" letters since they had no legal claim on those 2 words.
    Gene .. just one more Swamp Yankee from RI.

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    A great article in the New Hampshire Business Review published today

    http://tinyurl.com/2ejw3qt ( yes I used tiny url, promise it won't bite you).

    Breeze

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breeze View Post
    A great article in the New Hampshire Business Review published today

    http://tinyurl.com/2ejw3qt ( yes I used tiny url, promise it won't bite you).

    Breeze
    That is the best article I have seen. Very well written.
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    MNSHO-- ? Rant ON

    Its a yellow snow contest. CNL Lifestyle Properties corporate slogan is Owning America’s Lifestyle?. Yes, its a registered slogan.


    There are comments all over the net about folks who want to boycott CNL over this situation, never going to Bretton Woods/ MWH or MWR, but they better be looking at the bigger picture : CNL is behind Loon, Cranmore and Bretton Woods in the MWV as well as Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine. Not to mention the rest of their portfolio across the US.

    Deep pockets are one thing, but abuse of public domain names and a ham fisted smack-down of shared stewardship of resources and shared community tourism marketing is purely corporate yellow snow.

    I'd be delighted to see them eat their yellow snow.

    Ok, rant off, for now.

    Breeze
    Last edited by Breeze; 11-19-2010 at 08:45 PM.

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