Another bad day for Donald J. Trump – current position: POTUS. According to portal “Bloomberg” after 6 years of pleading USPTO finally dismissed Trump’s claim for transferring ownership for US-TM “iTrump”.

What happened? 

In 2011 40 years old musician Tom Scharfeld claimed the sign “iTrump” for a trumpet app he has designed. Said app enables users to play a virtual trumpet on their smartphone. Trump’s attorneys – however – argued that Scharfeld intended to make use of the Presidents reputation for promoting his app – although the application reached back to a time, where Trump was nothing else than a business man. As a matter of fact, Trump himself holds quite a number of US TMs and has a serious annual license income.

Notwithstanding this fact, Scharfeld did not surrender. He showed to the office that design and application of his app is rather specific and therefore does not include any risk for confusion with the name of Donald Trump. Also “trump” is not an irritating sign, since it is the common abbreviation for a trumpet which is even used in the bible.

USPTO decided in favour of Scharfeld already in 2013. However, Scharfeld went back to the office providing evidences that Trump holds rights for various US TMs (for example a golf app), without being entitled for it. Again, the office decided in favour of Scharfeld and cancelled a number of Trump signs.

Interesting to see that Apple has not objected the mark so far, although they are fighting against any sign that starts with an “I”.


Image: U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a CEO town hall on the American business climate at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque – RTX341QE

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