China gives Trump preliminary approval for 38 new trademarks

China gives Trump preliminary approval for 38 new trademarks

China gives Trump preliminary approval for 38 new trademarks

The Chinese government approved the preliminarily trademarks Monday, providing Trump and his family with avenues to create name branded businesses across the country.

Garten said the Trump Organization's "core real estate" trademarks have been registered in China since 2011, years before Trump announced his candidacy for office.

Trump's lawyers in China applied for the trademarks in April 2016 during the president's election campaign.

Now critics have questioned the ethics of Trump continuing to conduct business in China, and some have said that he could be in violation of the USA constitution if he receives favourable treatment in the awarding of the trademarks.

Dan Plane, a director at the Hong Kong IP consulting group Simone IP Services, told the AP that it's likely Communist Party officials are monitoring the president's IP interests.

"For all these marks to sail through so quickly and cleanly, and with no similar marks, no identical marks, no issues with specifications - boy, it's weird", he said.

"This President's conflicts of interest are creeping into every corner of the world, " he said in an email to the AP.

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If Trump doesn't "distance himself from his business operations - that is where the ethical issues come up", said Matthew Dresden, a partner at law firm Harris Bricken, who specializes in intellectual property in China.

Trump already has one large financial connection with the Chinese government.

Matthew Dresden, a China intellectual property attorney at Harris Bricken in Seattle, said the rejections suggested that the trademark office hadn't done Trump any special favors. As its only beneficiary, he can benefit financially from the trust.

Now, before you start looking up the cost of a Trump beej, know that these are, for the moment at least, purely defensive trademarks, meaning Trump has no plans to start an escort service in China - he just wants to make sure nobody else opens up one in his name.

It's not clear whether any of those businesses will actually be developed, and many companies register trademarks in China to prevent others from using their names.

Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, the ranking member on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for formal briefings about the Chinese trademark approvals. Trump has also said he will refrain from new foreign deals while in office. "When Trump is profiting from these valuable Chinese benefits flowing into him, how can we be sure he will advance USA interests in his engagements with that country, for example by staunching the flow of American jobs out from the U.S.to China?"

"The latest registrations are a natural result of those long-standing, diligent efforts, and any suggestion to the contrary demonstrates a complete disregard of the facts as well as a lack of understanding of worldwide trademark law", he said.

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