China has granted president Trump a trademark he’s been seeking for a decade.
If you have ever had trademark issues in China, you will know that getting your trademark registered can be a difficult and time consuming quest. But there is a solution: just become the next president of the United States.
President Trump has unsuccessfully fought in Chinese courts for years to try to get his TRUMP trademark accepted in China. But nothing helped. That is, until his fortune changed suddenly last year during the latter stages of his campaign for the White House.
China’s Trademark Review Board announced in September it had invalidated a rival claim for the Trump trademark, clearing the way for, then president-elect, Trump to move in. In November, soon after the election, it awarded the trademark to the Trump Organization. The trademark was officially registered this week after a three-month notice period for objections expired.
The result is that Trump’s company now has the monopoly on the Trump name in the construction industry in China.
But few things come easily: a US ethics committee is now looking into whether President Trump has violated the U.S. Constitution by being awarded valuable trademark rights to his own name by the Chinese government.