The Foreign Ministry said yesterday the government equally handles applications to register trademarks, following a report that the company of US President Donald Trump's daughter has had new trademarks approved in the mainland.
The Associated Press reported that since Trump took office in January, Ivanka Trump Marks LLC has won provisional approval from China for at least five new trademarks, adding to 16 already registered, and more than 30 pending applications.
The report said that on April 6, when Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping were meeting in Florida, Ivanka Trump's firm won provisional approval from China for three new trademarks, covering jewelry, bags and spa services.
Asked about the report, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said there was nothing untoward.
"We consistently follow the principle of equally protecting the legal trademark rights of trademark owners of foreign companies, and handle the process of relevant trademark registration in accordance with the law and rules," Lu said.
A spokesperson for the Ivanka Trump brand said the new trademarks are aimed at preventing counterfeiters or squatters from using her name.