President Trump defeats man who wanted to ‘cash in’ on his name, TrumpTV and FashionTV
The times of London reported today, an article written by Stuart MacDonald.
“Lawyers for Donald Trump cited the success of his established brand in Scotland Kevin Lamarque/Reuters.
President Trump has won a legal battle to protect his brand in Britain from a businessman who tried to win the right to use the president’s surname.
Michael Gleissner, who had set up a company called Trump International tried to register Trump TV as a trademark. The president’s lawyers said that it was a clear attempt to cash in on the success of the a Trump brand name in Scotland, which includes the Turnberry resort in Ayrshire and his golf course at Menie in Aberdeenshire.
They said that Mr. Gleissner, who has made similar applications in the past, had made the application in bad faith, and took their case to the Intellectual property Office (IPO). Matthew Williams, the IPO’s hearing officer, found in Mr. Trump’s favor and ordered Mr. Gleissner’s company to pay £15,105 in legal costs.
In a written ruling, he said: “I accept the opponent’s submission that the applicant cannot have failed to be aware of the international reputation of the Trump trademark and I am satisfied that the application forms part of a series of abusive registrations made by Mr. Gleissner under the guise of one of his companies.
“I find that the applicant has acted below the standards of acceptable commercial behavior judged by ordinary standards of honest people, and the application is accordingly refused for bad faith.”
Fashiontv, global leader in broadcasting fashion channels, over cable, satellite, OTT, mobile, and reaching over 500 million homes, and worldwide by ftv.com.
FTV confirms that Michael Gleissner has engaged over past 4 years with lawyers all over the world to hijack Fashiontv’ various trademarks, similarly as he has done with President Trump’s name.
Gleissner efforts have been rejected by many courts, and through his many companies he has failed to pay legal fees, and rather filed for liquidation of those companies.
July 11 2018, 12:01am, The Times
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