- The licensor ceased monitoring the licensee in 1991;
- The licensor went bankrupt in 1991, and, a few years after the bankruptcy was converted to Chapter 7 in 1993, the licensor’s former owners misappropriated the mark (from the trustee) and re-started the essentially the same business under the mark;
- The bankruptcy court then entered an order enjoining the licensor’s former owners from continuing to use the mark; and
- Business associates of the licensor’s former owners later purchased the marks from the trustee.
The case is John C. Flood of Va., Inc. v. John C. Flood, Inc., No. 10-7098 (D.C. Cir. June 17, 2011)