Not Just the FBI and the White House by Benzinga

© Reuters. Donald Trump added the Patent Office to the list of government agencies he is fighting: not just the FBI and the White House

Benzinga – Former President Donald Trump is no stranger to legal troubles, with a history of past and current battles with the FBI and the White House. Trump’s SPAC deal to bring Trump Media and Technology Group with Acquisition of the digital world Company (NASDAQ: DWAC) has also faced challenges and may now have a major one around the name of its key product.

What happened: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has refused a trademark application for the term “Truth Social”.

The news was reported by Trademark Attorney Josh Gerben of the Gerben law on Twitter Inc. (NYSE: NYSE:) Thursday (August 25).

The USPTO refused to accept the mark citing pre-existing marks of a similar nature.

The USPTO filing cited existing trademarks for The Truth Network and Vero True Social. The dossier also cites examples from Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:NASDAQ:), Meta Platforms Inc (NASDAQ: META) and Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE:NYSE:) Soft on the use of certain marks.

“The marks are compared in their entirety for similarities in appearance, sound, connotation and commercial impression,” the filing states.

Trump now has six months to file a response and file a lawsuit against the USPTO’s denial of the trademark on Truth Social.

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And after: In addition to encountering problems with the name of its social media platform, Truth Social could be facing financial problems. Fox Business Network reports and Charles Gasparino Claimed Truth Social Partner LawForge said he stopped paying for web hosting services months ago and was $1.6 million behind. Spokespersons for RightForge and Truth Social did not deny the Fox Business allegations.

RightForge was named the company offering web hosting for Truth Social in October with a platform that was “censorship-proof” and “designed for free speech and a free press.”

Truth Social saw app downloads increase after the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid, Benzinga recently reported. The app came out of the top 50 most downloaded social media apps on the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: NASDAQ:) The iOS App Store is the 15th most downloaded, peaking at 10th several days later.

Trump Media & Technology Group is being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and a federal grand jury ahead of its potential merger with Digital World Acquisition Corporation.

Truth Social is currently only available on Apple devices with recently opened pre-orders for Android devices.

Truth Social is one of the few social media platforms where Trump and several prominent conservative voices are welcomed after being banned from other platforms such as Twitter and Meta Platforms. Facebook (NASDAQ:).

Originally published August 25, 2022

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Ashley C. Reynolds