He Can’t Help It If He’s Lucky

From the WSJ ….

Just days after Donald Trump secured the White House, the real-estate mogul scored a legal victory in a decadelong trademark dispute over the right to use his name in China for certain services.

The businessman-turned-politician’s application to register his Trump trademark to provide real-estate-agent services in commercial and residential properties in China, was provisionally approved Sunday after a yearslong legal fight.

It wasn’t clear why Mr. Trump prevailed, and more battles may come. Of the 53 registered trademarks under the Trump name in China—in categories ranging from clothing and beauty salons to pet care and golf courses—only 21 are owned by Mr. Trump.

To be clear, this article is from November 14th, so already more than a week ago. Perhaps this is merely a coincidence. But it underscores a point I’ve made now a couple times. Even if he makes no effort to profit from the presidency, the existence of his highly branded global business operations will bring ‘luck’ and enrichment to him as people try either to curry favor or avoid ill-will.

Special thanks to TPM Reader RC for the tip.

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