From phones, hotels, and your daily newspaper headlines, Trump seems to have taken on every nook and corner of the world. There probably was only one place you deemed safe from the Trump mania- your humble lavatory, but sadly that one’s trump’ed too! Thanks to a Chinese toilet manufacturer- Trump Toilets, your toilet seat, amongst other things, might soon bear the Trump name as well.
Zhong Jiye, a 40-year-old entrepreneur and founder of the Shenzhen Trump Industrial Company Limited has been manufacturing high-end toilets with heated seats, built-in bidets, and rotating seat covers since 2002. The proud owner claims to have a registered trademark for his company and is anything but miffed by a probable legal battle that may ensue with the president or his supporters in the future. Taking resort to the home ground’s legal system, Jiye stated that the Chinese trademark laws work on a first come first serve basis, and hence there is little the president-elect could do to steal the Trump name from him.
Apart from Jiye, many in the country seem to have a strange fondness for the Trump word, with over 46 registered trademarks (covering tennis rackets to condoms) in the same name. While the President’s lawyer in China- Zhou Dandan foresees higher victory signs in trademark cases for his client, entrepreneurs like Jiye do not seem to be deterred. Either way, if it’s ‘Trump’ that you want as your toilet, be ready to shell out $880 for each unit. That’s one luxe dump we say!