Enlarge / Donald Trump’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. (L) and Eric Trump, walk in Trump Tower on November 14, 2016 in New York City.

They will be in charge of the Trump Organization’s myriad businesses while Donald Trump is president. (credit: Getty Images)
Before President Donald Trump took the oath of office in January, he handed off management of the Trump Organization’s business interests to his two eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.

The family-owned company has been in various lines of business over the years—most famously, there are hotels, casinos, and golf resorts, some owned and others licensed.

Ties, steaks, and a controversial seminar business have also borne the Trump name.
But Donald Trump Jr. has also been involved with one particular business with real implications for the technology sector: patent enforcement.

Beginning in 2011, Trump Jr. worked for—and owned part of—a company called MacroSolve. While MacroSolve had supported itself selling software for more than a decade, by 2011 its focus had shifted to patent lawsuits as the company’s main source of profit.
MacroSolve’s actions soon made it part of a longstanding debate in the tech industry over “patent trolls,” companies that do little or no business other than filing patent lawsuits.

But MacroSolve management never accepted the idea that the company was a “troll,” and it said so in interviews.
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