Australia has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against US President Donald Trump’s trademark “Trump’s Trumps” after a search on the US search engine revealed the name had been used by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.
The suit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, accuses Trump’s name and image of infringement on US intellectual property rights.
The trademark lawsuit was filed by a number of US companies including Trump’s former chief of staff Reince Priebus, US Chamber of Commerce and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Trump has repeatedly said that he owns the Trump name and the trademark for the name “trumps”, which is used in US political speeches.
The President has not responded to the lawsuit.
“Trumps” is not the only trademark that has been used in Trump’s political speeches, however.
He has also been accused of trademark infringement in two US cases, one in 2008 and one in 2015.
In 2008, the US Patent and Trademark Office ruled that the Trump trademark was not “likely to cause confusion” with his other trademarks, including the “Trump brand”, which includes the slogan “Make America Great Again”.
“We believe the use of the Trump brand name, ‘Trump’ as a mark is not likely to cause any confusion or confusion with the other trademarks that the President uses, including his own ‘Make America great again’ slogan,” the USPTO ruled in 2008.
The USPTA also ruled that Trump’s use of “Trump” was not likely “to cause confusion with any other trademark that the United States has registered for the ‘Trump brand’.” A Trump spokesperson did not respond to Al Jazeera’s request for comment on the lawsuit on Tuesday.
The Trump brand has since been purchased by another company.
The “Trump Trumps’ Trademarks” website lists the Trump brands as “Trademarks of Donald J. Trump” and “Tradesman Trumps”.