'Trump Toilet' Name Is Entirely Coincidental, Chinese Firm Says | NBC Southern California
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

'Trump Toilet' Name Is Entirely Coincidental, Chinese Firm Says

In Chinese, the company name means 'innovate universally'

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Trump Toilet Co. Ltd
    Trump Toilet products on display.

    President-elect Donald Trump will soon become the leader of the United States, but that won't persuade businessman Zhong Jiye to give up the brand name on his Trump Toilet products, NBC News reports.

    Shenzhen Trump Industrial Company Limited mostly manufactures high-tech toilet seats, and Zhong contends his company's rights cannot be subject to dispute because he made his application "without knowing the existence of the person Trump, it was coincidental." 

    "If Mr. Trump thinks our trademark violates his rights and interests, he can use legal methods because our company observes China's laws," CEO Zhong told NBC News, adding that he is prepared to defend his company's legal rights to the Trump brand name.

    In Chinese, the company name means "innovate universally," and Zhong said it was registered in 2002.

    Pig Escapes Slaughterhouse Fate, Sells Original Paintings

    [NATL] Pig Escapes Slaughterhouse Fate, Sells Original Paintings

    A pig who escaped slaughter is now living out her life in a South African sanctuary and painting original works that have sold for up to $2,000.

    "She was really small when I rescued her," said Joanne Lefson, who manages the South African Farm Sanctuary, a haven for rescued farm animals where the pig now lives. "She's very smart and intelligent so I placed a few balls and some paintbrushes and things in her pen, and it wasn't long before I discovered that she really liked the bristles and the paintbrush...She just really took a knack for it."

    Funds from the art sales go towards the sanctuary.

    (Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017)