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Universal Trailer Cargo Group (“UTC”) manufactures and sells race car trailers using the trademarks EDGE PRO and EDGE CLASSIC. They own a registration for THE EDGE in connection with “towage storage trailers.”

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Since 2010, Heartland Recreational Vehicles (“Heartland”) has sold recreational vehicles, namely, fifth wheel toy haulers using the trademark EDGE. (Here’s a video for those who aren’t familiar with toy haulers.)

Heartland has filed a federal application for EDGE in connection with “recreational vehicles, namely fifth wheels; recreational vehicles, namely toy haulers; recreational vehicles, namely travel trailers.”

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UTC subsequently opposed Heartland’s trademark application and threatened trademark litigation against Heartland.

In order to litigate on their home turf and increase the chance of finding a judge who understands the difference between a car trailer and a recreational vehicle, Heartland filed this lawsuit in the Northern District of Indiana (which includes Elkhart, the RV Capital of the World) seeking a declaratory judgment of non-infringement of UTC’s trademarks. Stay tuned for updates.


Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC v. Universal Trailer Cargo Group, Inc.

Court Case Number: 3:16-cv-00255-TLS-CAN
File Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2016
Plaintiff: Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Ryan M. Fountain
Defendant: Universal Trailer Cargo Group, Inc.
Cause: Declaratory Judgment of Non-Infringement
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Theresa L. Springmann
Referred To: Christopher A. Nuechterlein