China approves nine Trump trademarks it had previously rejected

Trademarks lie at the heart of these complaints because they are granted by foreign states and can be enormously valuable – whether they are intended as groundwork for future business activity or defensive measures against squatting to protect the value of the brand.

Publicly available records do not indicate why the nine applications were initially rejected, nor why the trademarks were then granted provisional approval eight to 15 weeks later.

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