Trump loves to bash China. He's also trademarking new businesses there

Donald Trump

Yes, the president's family business applied for, and received, a trademark for branded escort services in China.

China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks, paving the way for President Donald Trump and his family to potentially develop a host of branded businesses from hotels to insurance to bodyguard and escort services, public documents show.

China has given a speedy go-ahead to 38 new Trump trademarks, which will allow U.S. president Donald Trump and his family to use the brand to expand a range of businesses, including hotels, insurance, mobile libraries, security firms and even escort services.

China granted at least two dozen trademarks, and the Associated Press reported that the number was as high as 38.

If no one objects, the new marks will be officially registered after 90 days, bringing the number of Trump's trademarks in China to 115.

Were Trump to receive preferential treatment from China, it would likely violate the U.S. Constitution, which forbids officeholders from receiving any item or favor of value.

Dan Plane, a director at Simone IP Services, a Hong Kong intellectual property consultancy, said he had never seen so many applications approved so expeditiously.

The trademarks underline the complexities and potential concerns over conflicts of interest facing Trump, who has a sprawling business empire using his own name around the world. DevOps, continuous delivery and containerisation. And indeed, the chief lawyer of the Trump Organization, Alan Garten, has said just that.

Under the trademark law of China during 2013 and 2014, the office for trademarks was supposed to complete examination of every application for trademark in no more than nine month. More than 225 Trump-related marks are held or sought by others in China, for an array of things including Trump toilets, condoms, pacemakers and even a "Trump International Hotel".

The 35 trademarks, which Trump's lawyers applied for in April previous year, are registered to "Donald J. Trump" and listed to the address of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in NY. "The Trademark Office has been working on getting this timing right for a few years now, and the fact that they are hitting the target doesn't mean they are likely to have played favorites". As its only beneficiary, he can benefit financially from the trust.

Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, the ranking member on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for formal briefings about the Chinese trademark approvals. These related to Scion, a hotel brand Trump's sons want to expand in the United States.

"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 global trademark law", he said.



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