Park City Secures Trademark

City Hall in early May secured a federal trademark for the municipal seal for uses related to the functions of the local government, another important step as leaders continue to protect the names of key facilities and logos after a highly charged dispute about the use of the name of the community itself.

The Park City municipal seal is widely used on public buildings, including a large example on the China Bridge garage. City Hall in early May secured a federal trademark covering the seal. The municipal government has won trademarks for a series of key facilities and logos.

The Patent and Trademark Office approval protects the seal as it relates to the everyday business of the municipal government. It is an exhaustive list of functions like providing online information, offering recreation services, promoting the city’s economic development efforts, providing resident and tourist information and providing information about government meetings. It also covers public utility services, transportation services and public safety.

The everyday functions outlined in the trademark approval are different in nature than a set of earlier trademarks secured by City Hall that cover individual facilities. The trademark for the seal follows the earlier approvals won by City Hall in recent months. Other trademarks won by City Hall include the name and logo of the Park City Ice Arena and two monikers for the Park City Golf Club.

Officials are also seeking a trademark for the municipal seal as it relates to clothing and outerwear like jackets, shirts, hats and sweaters.

The City Hall trademark applications were filed shortly after a controversy centered on an effort by Park City Mountain Resort and Colorado-based corporate parent Vail Resorts to win a trademark for the name “Park City” as it relates to a mountain resort. The dispute involving Vail Resorts prompted a series of trademark applications by businesses and not-for-profit organizations in addition to those filed by City Hall. The others, which used the “Park City” moniker for years without issue, were concerned that their names could be challenged if another firm won a trademark covering their field of business or not-for-profit purpose. Park City Coffee Roaster and the Park City Film Series are two entities granted trademarks that include the name of the city.


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