Donald Trump is set to file a lawsuit against his former namesake’s company, Ivanka Trump’s Real Estate Development Corporation (REDC), over trademark fees and the USPTO’s trademark application for the word “trump”.
The Trump Organization said the company was “very disappointed” with the decision to file the lawsuit, which comes just days after a federal judge ruled that the real estate developer had a right to use the word Trump on his Trump Tower building in New York.
“The Trump brand is synonymous with bold, innovative and high-quality design, a vision of success and achievement that is rooted in our country’s rich history of individual achievement,” said Richard Painter, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, in a statement.
“The Trump family has been in business for more than 70 years, and it is very disappointed that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has made the decision that violates the First Amendment rights of the Trump family.”
The USPTR granted Trump’s company’s trademark for “Trump” in August 2016, meaning the word is likely to be used in the Trump Tower trademark application by the end of next year.
The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of New York, seeks to block the trademark registration, which was granted by the US Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) in December 2016.
The Trump-branded brand is expected to include several trademarks, including “Trump Towers”, “Trump Plaza”, “The Donald”, “TRUMP”, “TRUTH” and “TRUMP”.
A statement from REDC said: “REDC welcomes the opportunity to work with President-elect Trump to ensure the safety and security of all Americans.
We look forward to working with him to protect our trademark rights in the future.”
The lawsuit follows the US Supreme Court’s decision in March that the Trump-owned Trump University, which taught self-improvement and “personal growth” techniques, did not qualify as a university.
The ruling also meant that Trump, the GOP frontrunner, had to pay $5.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.