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China grants Trump family 18 trademarks in 2 months

China has said it handles all trademark applications equally under the law.

world Updated: Nov 06, 2018 17:57 IST
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US President Donald Trump gestures at a campaign rally on the eve of the US midterm elections at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, November 5, 2018. (REUTERS)

China has given companies linked to US President Donald Trump and his daughter 18 new trademarks in the last two months, raising concerns about conflicts of interest in the White House on the eve of national elections.

The trademarks cover products from perfume to voting machines and will be finalised after 90 days if no one objects.

Ivanka Trump said in July she was shutting her namesake brand to focus on her role as a White House adviser.

Critics have been especially concerned that China, where the courts and bureaucracy are designed to reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party, could try to use the Trump family’s valuable intellectual property for political leverage.

China has said it handles all trademark applications equally under the law.

First Published: Nov 06, 2018 17:57 IST