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The Plaintiff in this trademark lawsuit operates a small museum called the National Veterans Memorial in Elberfeld, Indiana. Since 2008, Plaintiff has owned a federal registration for the NATIONAL VETERANS MEMORIAL mark in connection with “Promoting public awareness of the need for reconciliation and recognition of all veterans.”

Plaintiff is seeking to prevent the use of the name National Veterans Memorial & Museum by a new museum opening in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio museum began construction in 2015 and is set to open in 2018. The Defendant filed a federal “intent to use” application in October 2016, which has received an initial refusal by the Examining Attorney based on Plaintiff’s registration.

Stay tuned for updates.


Henager Family Museum, Inc v. Columbus Downtown Development Corp.

Court Case Number: 3:17-cv-00028-RLY-MPB
File Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Plaintiff: Henager Family Museum, Inc d/b/a National Veterans Museum
Plaintiff Counsel: Keith E. Rounder, Gary K. Price of Terrell, Baugh, Salmon & Born, LLP
Defendant: Columbus Downtown Development Corp.
Cause: Federal Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, False Designation
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Richard L. Young
Referred To: Matthew P. Brookman