The LaBelle Lake Ice Palace has created a magical environment for locals to come experience the beauty of Idaho winters. The Ice Palace is formed by ice logs which are attached to one another to form a base structure and then covered with water to create a sight which looks like it sprang from a fairy tale.
The multi-million dollar company Ice Castles, based out of Midway, Utah is trying to shut the Ice Palace down. Ice Castles claims to have exclusive rights to freeze ice to ice. They are now suing LaBelle Lake for allegedly infringing on their patent which claims a method of “attaching icicles to each other to form a framework of icicles” by “applying a slush mixture of ice and water to” horizontal and vertical icicles.
Rather than growing icicles and then attaching them to one another as claimed in Ice Castle’s patent, LaBelle Lake invented their own system using ice logs which allows for faster construction and a wider variety of structures. After having the patent reviewed by experienced patent attorneys, LaBelle Lake is confident that they do not infringe. Ice Castles, however, has made it clear that they will spend what it takes to put the Ice Palace out of business. If Labelle Lake were actually infringing on their patent they would have shut down immediately but they are not infringing at all. That is why Labelle Lake is fighting back. The harassment from Ice Castles started over a year ago when Labelle Lake first opened their Ice Palace.
“We are asking for donations from our community to help pay legal fees and stand up to this bully so we can continue to grow the Labelle Lake Ice Palace into something bigger and better each year.”
-Kira MartinDirector of Business