Trump di­vi­sion seeks casino trade­mark

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

SHANG­HAI — A Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion com­pany has ap­plied for four new trade­marks in the Asian gam­bling hub of Ma­cau, in­clud­ing one for casi­nos, pub­lic records show. The new ap­pli­ca­tions high­light the eth­i­cal com­plex­ity of main­tain­ing the fam­ily brand­ing em­pire while Don­ald Trump serves as pres­i­dent, and are likely to stoke spec­u­la­tion about the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fu­ture busi­ness in­ten­tions in Ma­cau, where casino li­censes held by other com­pa­nies come up for re­newal be­gin­ning in 2020. The ap­pli­ca­tions for the Trump brand were made in June by a Delaware-reg­is­tered com­pany called DTTM Op­er­a­tions LLC. They cover gam­bling and casino ser­vices, as well as real es­tate, con­struc­tion and restau­rant and ho­tel ser­vices. The ap­pli­ca­tions were first re­ported by the South China Morn­ing Post. The new ap­pli­ca­tions are iden­ti­cal to four marks ap­plied for in 2006, and granted, but lapsed ear­lier this year. It was not clear from pub­lic records why, though un­der Ma­cau law trade­marks can be for­feited for non-use. There are cur­rently no Trump-branded busi­nesses in Ma­cau.

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