China said on Thursday (March 9) that it equally equally trademark holders from China and abroad after it granted preliminary approval for 38 trademarks linked to Donald Trump.
Some U.S. lawmakers have raised questions about whether Trump’s position as President could prompt preferential treatment of his businesses. Trademark lawyers, however, said that the approval process did not seem that unusual.
China’s state trademark office show the documents of the approvals, giving the U.S. President and his family protection were they to develop the “Trump” brand in the market.
Asked about the approvals, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China has always “equally” protected trademarks for Chinese and foreign companies.
“What I can tell you is that China’s trademark authorities have always given equal protection to legitimate rights for trademark holders from China and abroad. At the same time, (China’s trademarks authorities) reviewed the relevant trademark application in accordance with the law and regulation,” Geng told media at a regular briefing in Beijing.
The trademarks—mostly variations in English and Chinese on the name “Donald Trump”—were given preliminary approval in two lists published on the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce on February 27 and Monday (March 6).
Trump’s lawyers applied for the trademarks in April last year, mostly registered to “Donald J. Trump” and listing the address of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York.