The New York Times reported that the Russian government agency in charge of intellectual property, Rospatent, granted extensions to six trademarks owned by the Trump organization last year.
The trademarks were originally purchased for use on various business endeavors of the Trump organization between 1996 and 2007, but were never put to use.
When asked about the renewals by the Times, the White House referred reporters to members of the Trump Organization.
Alan Garten, chief legal counsel for the Trump Organization, said the renewals were merely a precaution and that they were “to prevent third parties from infringing on the company’s intellectual property rights.”
The President and his legal team have assured the public he has no business dealing in Russia. His legal team released a letter detailing this last month.
“The company will not be seeking any new business opportunities in Russia,” Garten added.
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