By Paul Morinville
May 18, 2017
In his first speech to Congress, President Donald J. Trump finished strong, talking about how inventors can make the American economy great again. You might expect that from a branding pioneer. His billions are built on intellectual property; the Trump Organization owns hundreds of trademarks around the world.
In fact, it’s a family legacy: his uncle John G. Trump‘s patented radar and cancer tumor laser inventions won recognition from Presidents Truman and Reagan. His son, Donald J. Trump Jr., has been a patent licensing investor and executive. Ivanka Trump has her own trademarks worldwide.
Even the Republican platform specifically states patents are private property – rights inventors rely upon to create jobs and bring new ideas to market. So, you might think a Trump White House would be as pro-patent as Trump Tower. But it’s not.