By Sonam Sheth
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Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- A New York Times investigation found that Russia renewed 6 Trump trademarks in 2016
- The trademarks were approved for renewal while Russia was actively meddling in the US election
- Trump has repeatedly said he has no more business dealings with Russia, but intellectual property law experts told The Times that unused trademarks can hold significant value
- The report comes as the Trump campaign is under multiple active investigations for possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election
Last year, the Russian government approved the renewals of six trademarks for President Donald Trump that were about to expire, according to a New York Times investigation on Sunday.
Four of those renewals were officially registered by Russia on Election Day.
The Times found that the Kremlin approved applications for the trademarks’ renewal beginning in April 2016 and ending in December of that year, according to records maintained by Rospatent, Russia’s government agency which oversees intellectual property.
The trademarks were originally obtained between 1996 and 2007, but they had gone unused. Each of the trademarks was granted a 10-year extension in 2016, the investigation found.
Trump has repeatedly said that he has no remaining business deals in or involving Russia.
“Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russia are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?” the president tweeted last week.
“I don’t know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy – yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!” he tweeted in February.
In January, he tweeted, “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!”
Although business deals the trademarks were originally issued for were never carried through, intellectual property experts say trademarks themselves can wield significant value.
“Trademarks have inherent value, per se, as they allow you