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Chinese trademark filings flood foreign markets

Government subsidies for applications may encourage gaming the system

Sneakers from Chinese sportswear maker Anta Sports. Beijing has provided subsidies to Chinese companies to pursue overseas trademarks.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Chinese trademark applications in Japan, the U.S. and Europe swelled nearly sevenfold in the three years through 2017 as government subsidies aimed at building global brands prompted a disruptive deluge of filings.

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