In 1989, American board game inventor Jeffrey Breslow had the idea to create a Monopoly-style game inspired by the ruthless business practices of Donald Trump.
According to an interview in The Washington Post, Breslow approached Trump about the game and was just a few minutes into his pitch when the future president cut him off, saying: "I like it – what's next?".
A quick-fire negotiation followed, during which Trump secured 60% of the profits, and then a year-long development period began with games publisher Milton Bradley.
The end result, Trump: The Game, was unveiled at a press conference in Trump Tower.
Declaring it to be "the game of the nineties", Trump announced that he would donate his share of the profits to charity – but there's no evidence that this ever actually happened.
What we do know is that the board game sold just 800,000 copies, with sales petering out due to over-complicated rules. The Trump: The Game trademark was reportedly abandoned the following year.
As a notorious devotee to private jets, Donald Trump might not be the most obvious person to front a major cycling event. But back in the late 1980s, he gave his name – and $750,000 (£622k) – to one of the biggest bike races in US history: the Tour de Trump.
Now listed as "dead" on the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) database, the Tour de Trump trademark had its first outing in 1989, when an 11-day bike race took place across New Jersey.
The idea came about when American sportscaster Billy Packer decided there was a gap in the market for a US equivalent to the Tour de France. After approaching several executives who weren’t interested in sponsoring the idea, he went to Trump Tower to pitch his race.
Trump was reportedly hesitant, explaining that he "practically fell out of [his] seat" when Packer suggested the name "Tour de Trump" for the event.
"I said, 'Are you kidding? I will get killed in the media if you use that name'," he later recalled. But he quickly changed his tune, admitting that he found it "so wild [that] it’s got to work".
And it did, although it wasn’t free from controversy. At one point, organisers tried to issue a cease and desist order to a race called Tour de Rump on the basis that the name sounded too similar.
However, the Trump-titled race was enough of a success that the well-known Du Pont family later took over the sponsorship deal, renaming the event to Tour DuPont. The Tour de Trump trademark was eventually scrapped in 1998.
Trump hasn't just trademarked products and brands based on his own name.
You might be surprised to learn that one of his 111 live (as of 2016) trademarks is "Central Park", which he successfully applied for in 1991.
According to The Week, Trump has used the Central Park trademark on a wide range of items and goods over the last three decades, including everything from garage parking spaces and pencil boxes to coffee percolators and chandeliers.
Trump has never revealed exactly how much money he's made from the Central Park trademark, which both New York City and the Central Park Conservancy have tried but failed to revoke.
A representative from the Trump Organization has apparently justified the trademark on the basis that "Mr. Trump, over the course of his career, has owned and developed some of the most iconic buildings in the city, many of which... sit only footsteps away from Central Park".
One example is the Lasker Rink (pictured), which was owned by the Trump Organization until the contract was overturned in January 2021 due to Trump's alleged involvement with the Capitol riots earlier that month.
Some of Trump's past trademarks are a little more mysterious than others.
On 12 May 1992, Trump Taj Mahal Associates – the company that ran Trump's Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City (pictured) – registered a trademark for a hotel restaurant service called Gobi Dessert.
According to Corporation Wiki, the trademark was first used in December 1989, a few months before the casino opened in April 1990.
By 16 November 1998, however, the trademark had seemingly been scrapped.
It's not clear whether the service ever got off the ground or not. Trump Taj Mahal Associates was plagued with problems. The company filed for bankruptcy in 1993 and the eponymous casino was passed over to Trump Entertainment, before it too was forced to file for bankruptcy.
Other Trump restaurant ventures have enjoyed more success. This photo shows Trump and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the chef at the Trump International Hotel in New York.
Following his successful registration of the Central Park trademark, Trump trademarked the phrase "Fifth Avenue" in 1993.
According to records, the filing was made under the category of "Education and Entertainment Services", specifically casino services.
The infamous 58-floor Trump Tower is located at 721-725 Fifth Avenue, and Trump has apparently used its now-iconic address as inspiration for the branding of certain objects within his casinos.
Tour de Trump wasn’t the former President’s only foray into sports racing.
In 2004, he filed a trademark for the Trump Super Speedway: a proposed 2,900-acre NASCAR racetrack. As well as the track itself, the site would include hotels, golf courses, and retail stores.
According to initial plans, there would be room for 75,000 spectators – though Trump reportedly wanted to be able to host up to 100,000, with the ability to expand that even further to 300,000.
This would have made it not just America's largest NASCAR track but also the country's largest sports stadium too.
These vast plans earned the project the nickname "NASCAR Disneyland". But the fantastical track never actually materialised.
After the death of NASCAR President Bill France, Jr. (his statue is pictured) in 2007, plans for the project were shelved and Trump never renewed the Trump Super Speedway trademark.
Trump is no stranger to the entertainment sector. From hosting The Apprentice to his unforgettable cameo in Home Alone 2, the former POTUS was a regular fixture on TV screens long before he entered politics – and even helped to finance a Broadway show titled Paris Is Out! in 1970 (pictured).
It’s perhaps unsurprising, then, that in 2006 he registered a trademark for his very own entertainment business.
Called The Trump Follies, the company summarised itself as offering: "Entertainment services, namely, dramatic theater productions, musical theater productions; live comedic performances; cabarets acts; entertainment in the nature of live visual and audio performances, namely, musical, variety, and comedy shows; providing an on-line radio program in the fields of variety, comedy, drama, and talent shows; providing an on-line television program in the fields of variety, comedy, drama, and talent shows; providing a web site featuring musical, dramatic, and comedic".
Despite its perhaps excessive ambitions, however, the company came to nothing and the fatalistic trademark was abandoned just three years later.
The famously teetotal Trump hasn't let his aversion to alcohol stop him from trying to break into the lucrative booze sector.
Over the years, he's registered at least three trademarks for Trump-branded alcoholic drinks, including The Donald, a range of pre-prepared cocktails.
The trademark was eventually canned in 2007, leaving other lucky companies free to use the name.
After Trump became president in 2016, for example, Madison's Restaurant in Steady Brook, Newfoundland unveiled its own signature cocktail called The Donald: a vodka-based drink complete with a sour candy strip folded into a dollar sign.
Meanwhile, the website Tipsy Bartender has shared a recipe for another Trump-inspired cocktail (pictured), which is green "to symbolize [Trump's] money" and topped with an orange "to symbolize his hair". Deep.
While serving as president, Trump had a famously fractured relationship with China.
Arguably, then, his most surprising trademarks are those that he's filed in the country, many of which have given him the right to attach his name to Chinese construction projects up until 2027.
In March 2017, he had 38 new Chinese trademarks approved, which will enable him and his family members to develop overseas business opportunities. According to official rulings, these can include retail ventures, hotels, bodyguard services, and even escort agencies.
In 2018, Ivanka, Trump's oldest daughter, also came under fire for being granted 16 trademarks in China, some of which she'd filed before dissolving her eponymous clothing line.
The trademarks included branded fashion products but also some decidely more bizarre items, such as voting machines, nursing homes, and even sausage casings.
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