Monday, January 21, 2008

I'd better not create a Bible Hotel with 66 rooms. Don't want trouble from that department

When Stowe Boyd mentioned the Library Hotel in New York City, I was trying to figure out where I had heard about it. I remembered that I told a former manager of mine (a proposal manager) about the hotel, but who had told me about it?

While I was researching that question (turns out Samantha Brown was the culprit), I ran across a little bit of a legal dispute regarding the Library Hotel's room numbering system. Luckily, it was settled.

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 24 November 2003—OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and The Library Hotel (New York, New York) have reached a settlement agreement regarding the use of the Dewey Decimal Classification® system trademarks by The Library Hotel.

On Sept. 10, 2003, OCLC filed a trademark infringement complaint against The Library Hotel in federal court in Columbus, Ohio. Under the settlement terms, The Library Hotel will receive permission from OCLC to use the Dewey Decimal Classification® trademarks in its hotel and in its marketing materials, with an acknowledgment that OCLC is the owner of the Dewey® trademarks. The Library Hotel will make a financial donation to a non-profit organization that promotes reading by children.

“We are pleased that this matter has been resolved so quickly,” said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. “The agreement is a good outcome for both the library cooperative and The Library Hotel. It permits the use of the Dewey Decimal Classification® trademarks at the hotel and in the hotel's marketing materials and acknowledges OCLC's trademark rights.”

The Library Hotel also is pleased with this settlement. “We do not believe that our use of the Dewey® trademarks in our beautiful boutique hotel near the New York Public Library infringes OCLC's Dewey® trademarks,” said the hotel’s owner, Henry Kallan. “But acknowledging OCLC's Dewey® trademarks and making a charitable contribution to promote reading by children, rather than spending money litigating, seems to be a reasonable way to resolve this matter.”

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