The Plaintiff in this trademark lawsuit is Trane International, Inc., a well-known manufacturer of HVAC systems and controls. Since at least as early as 1992, Plaintiff has used the trademark BUILT TO A HIGHER STANDARD. Trane owns U.S. Trademark Registration Number 5,380,586 for the trademark BUILT TO A HIGHER STANDARD covering “air conditioners; furnaces; heat pumps” in Class 11 and “installation, repair, and maintenance of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning products” in Class 37.
The Defendant is a Middlebury, Indiana-based manufacturer of recreational vehicles. Defendants have allegedly used an identical BUILT TO A HIGHER STANDARD trademark in connection with temperature control devices incorporated into their recreational vehicles.
Plaintiff first contacted Defendant about the alleged infringement in March 2018 and underwent unsuccessful cease-and-desist negotiations until May 2019. Defendant has continued using the trademark despite Plaintiff’s numerous warnings, leading to this lawsuit.
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Trane International, Inc. v. Grand Design RV, LLC
Court Case Number: 3:19-cv-00598-DRL-MGG
File Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Plaintiff: Trane International, Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: John D. LaDue of SouthBank LegalL LaDue | Curran | Kuehn
Defendant: Grand Design RV, LLC
Cause: Federal Trademark Infringement, Federal Unfair Competition, Common Law Unfair Competition
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Damon R. Leichty
Referred To: Michael G. Gotsch, Sr.