The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rejected Donald Trump ‘s trademark application for “Truth Social” , the name of the social media company, earlier this month . A trademark attorney in Washington uncovered the filing Thursday.
The trademark rejection will cause major setbacks for the former president’s social media app and its parent company, which has been beset by a slew of issues over the past few months. The USPTO has found two more companies that already use the phrase True Social ; this would create what’s known as the “probability of confusion” if Trump also gets the trademark patent.
Typically, when a company applies for a trademark, lawyers review the term to make sure there are no contradictions. “Ideally, you’d choose a name that isn’t used most of the time,” said Josh Gerben , a Washington DC trademark attorney who tweeted about the PTO application , but sometimes if a client really wants a name, the process can progress on that name, despite what lawyers say.
Truth Social Has Been Having Problems Since Its Founding
SPAC, which wants to take Truth Social and its parent company public, has faced huge legal and technical challenges since the app was announced last October.
Last week, blank check company Digital World Acquisition Group (DWAC), which plans to merge with parent company Truth Social and go public, tried to delay its earnings report. A week ago, he asked his shareholders to approve a one-year extension of the merger agreement. However, the Truth Social app missed its launch date due to these issues, putting thousands of users on a waiting list for weeks .
For now, the future of the application is uncertain, but discussions on this name will continue for a while.