The English High Court has dismissed an appeal from Trump International company (owned by German national Michael Gleissner) against the UKIPO decision to refuse registration as a trademark for ‘Trump TV’ in classes 38 and 41.
The US company DDTM Operations, which manages Donald Trump’s IP portfolio, filed an opposition against this mark based on alleged bad faith application. According to DDTM Operations, this trademark tries to take advantages from the reputation of the US President.
The UKIPO agreed with this claim and refused the application taking into account the Gleissner’s previous attempt to register similar signs.
The Court upheld this decision concluding that the applicant failed to give any reasonable arguments to support an eventual bona fide nature of its application.