Trademark News & Screw-ups Donald Trump Lost a 6-Year Legal Battle to a Trumpet Player

This is actually different from the usual fake-news about Trump trademarks that I get to read almost every day. Here, a trumpet player came up with an idea for two phone apps, iTrump and iBone where he teaches playing the trumpet and trombone. The opposition proceedings before the USPTO board were started long before Donald Trump became America's 45th President. Eventually, as a result of the legal back-and-forth, the trumpet player, without any legal representation, was not only able to convince USPTO Opposition Board that his trademark was not confusingly similar to trademarks owned by Trump and his entities, he was actually able to get USPTO to cancel some of Trump's own trademarks for non-use. Things like this happen all the time, and we wouldn't hear about it if it wasn't about Trump. However, there are two things that are fascinating about this story. First of all, it shows that even unrepresented brand owners can sometimes win in such protracted legal proceedings. Second, isn't it interesting how the media acts outraged every time Trump attempts to get something trademarked and then they also mock him if he loses trademark battles?

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