OCLC Sues NYC Hotel Over Classification System

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 22, 2003

AP reported yesterday that the non-profit Online Computer Library Center, Incorporated (OCLC) has filed a trademark infringement complaint (in the Southern District Court, District of Ohio, Eastern Division), against the Library Hotel, located in Manhattan. At issue is the hotel’s use of the Dewey Decimal Classification system (owned by OCLC) as a theme to identify its rooms by specific categories. [thank you Roger!]

  • See also OCLC’s new release, OCLC takes legal action to protect Dewey Decimal Classification® (DDC®) trademark, here.
  • An informative posting on this case is available from the blog Infringing Actions.
  • The Library Concept, from the hotel’s website, states the following: “The Library Hotel in New York City is the first hotel ever to offer its guest over 6,000 volumes organized throughout the hotel by the DDC. Each of the 10 guestrooms floors honors one of the 10 categories of the DDC and each of the 60 rooms is uniquely adorned with a collection of books and art exploring a distinctive topic within the category or floor it belongs to.”
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