Even though Meghan Markle has left America as she prepares to become British royalty, the U.S. government is still protecting her interests by blocking a foreign entity from unjustly profiting off her fame.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, the U.S. Patent and Trademark office is trying to put the kibosh on an application from a Chinese man named Li Chunhua who concocted a plan to brand a line of clothes and accessories with the name “Markle.”
Chunhua, who lives in the Chinese city of Dongyang in the Zheijang province, had apparently already started production on his merch, and included some examples in his filing, like this scarf (below.)
However, officials were quick to respond and question Chunhua’s relation to the future Duchess, accusing him of falsely suggesting a “connection with Meghan Markle.”
The office explains that even though she does not appear to be affiliated with the company, “Meghan Markle is so well-known that consumers would presume a connection.”
They even point out that Markle has no definition or meaning other than the surname of the actress.
The message was received loud and clear by Chunhua, who responded this week and admitted “Meghan Markle hasn’t any connection with the applicant’s goods,” but he’d still really like the registration to be approved anyways.
Not on our watch.