Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA. by Alan Kotok via Flickr A flood of new trademark applications coming from China -- many of them believed to be fraudulent -- is swamping the U.S. system, making it harder for homegrown companies to register their products and defend themselves against intellectual property theft. The surge in filings has arisen in part due to government financial incentives offered to Chinese companies in recent years to seek trademark registrations in countries like the U.S. and U.K., as China seeks to bolster its reputation for innovation. But American attorneys say the incentives -- which are often of greater value than the cost of filing for a trademark in the U.S. -- provide an opportunity for Chinese interests to make a quick profit from bogus applications, all the while clogging up the process for companies filing for genuine trademarks. On the left, evidence of trademark use submitted to the USPTO, pending approval. On the right, the original look of the same products available online. Source: szket via USPTSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.