The Na­tional Trust for Scot­land

The Oban Times - - Community News -

I HAVE not al­ways been a great sup­porter of the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land, es­pe­cially on its con­ser­va­tion poli­cies and deer man­age­ment, but I have some sym­pa­thy for its at­tempt to reg­is­ter the names of two of the High­land’s most his­tor­i­cal lo­ca­tions as trade­marks in or­der to pro­tect the sites against com­mer­cial ex­ploita­tion which has taken a bit of a hit in the me­dia re­cently.

Th­ese are Glen­coe and Glen­finnan. It has to be said that as the trust, which al­ready holds trade­marks for The Bat­tle of Ban­nock­burn, the Soldier’s Leap at Kil­liecrankie and Cul­lo­den, has been in­volved as land own­ers in Glen­coe and at Glen­finnan for more than 70 years, it is not look­ing for any­thing un­rea­son­able.

Its pub­lic­ity ma­chine has done much on the in­ter­na­tional stage for both com­mu­ni­ties in a way no one else could. Of course it has ben­e­fited but so too have many other lo­cal busi­nesses in Glen­finnan and Glen­coe who use th­ese names to pro­mote their busi­nesses. And why not?

A trust spokesman said: ‘In re­cent years, prac­tice in the trade­mark reg­istries af­fect­ing Scot­land has changed and it has be­come ap­par­ent to us that other par­ties, of­ten based out­with Scot­land, have reg­is­tered trade­marks over place names for some of the key her­itage lo­ca­tions owned by the trust. The al­ter­na­tive is to risk th­ese rights be­ing ac­quired by com­mer­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions with in­ter­ests that may not align with those of the trust’s nor with the well­be­ing of lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses.’

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