Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tweet Of The Day - Trump's Chinese Trademark Grift

Trump- branded Chinese massage parlors and escort services? ("Trump's Tiny Hands Massage Parlor"?  "P*ssy Grabber's Tremendous Escorts"?)

Check out the embedded story. If this is the quid, what's the pro quo?
If President Trump receives any special treatment in securing trademark rights, it would violate the U.S. Constitution, which bans public servants from accepting anything of value from foreign governments unless approved by Congress, ethics lawyers from across the political spectrum say. Concerns about potential conflicts of interest are particularly sharp in China, where the courts and bureaucracy are designed to reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party. 
Dan Plane, a director at Simone IP Services, a Hong Kong intellectual property consultancy, said he had never seen so many applications approved so quickly. "For all these marks to sail through so quickly and cleanly, with no similar marks, no identical marks, no issues with specifications - boy, it's weird," he said. (our emphasis)
 Golly, what a weird, amazing coincidence.

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