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China grants Trump family 18 trademarks in 2 months

AP  |  Shanghai 

has given companies linked to US and his daughter 18 new trademarks in the last two months, raising concerns about conflicts of interest in the 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.

said in July she was shutting her namesake brand to focus on her role as a

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.

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

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 17:15 IST