Better late than never – When tardiness bars trademark infringement claims
Abstract: A lack of haste can make waste when it comes to filing a lawsuit. But some delays are excusable. This article reviews a dispute over the use of a trademark by two players in the insurance industry. It provides useful insight into when a trademark holder’s delay will — or won’t — bar its claims. A short sidebar highlights the appellate court’s rejection of the trial court’s reliance on a cease-and-desist letter to show how long the plaintiff was aware of the risk of consumer confusion between the trademarks at issue. A.I.G. Agency, Inc. v. American Int’l Group, Inc., No. 21-1948 (8th Cir. May 13, 2022).