BEIJING - A man in southern China has applied to
register a line of women's sanitary products under the name of Chinese
basketball star Yao Ming, state media said on Friday.
China's Yao Ming lis seen in this August 27, 2006 file photo.
A man in southern China has applied to register a line of women's sanitary
products under the name of Yao Ming, state media said on Friday.
"This kind of registration is obviously malicious," Xinhua news agency quoted
"Team Yao" spokesman Lu Hao, as saying. "It's unbelievable that someone could do
such a thing. It's just too much."
Yao is one of China's best known and highest paid sportsmen. The 7ft-5in
centre plays with the Houston Rockets in the NBA.
The application, which also included Yao Ming-branded medicine and disposable
underwear, was listed on the national trademark office Web site and about to
enter a "three-month approval" period, Xinhua said.
The application comes as Chinese singer Ai Dai plans to take legal action
over a businessman registering a line of condoms in her name, Xinhua said in a
The brand name "Ai Dai" is a play on words for "love to wear".
In July, a media storm broke after a man from China's southeastern province
of Fujian applied to register condoms and other contraceptive products using the
brand name of China's state-run news channel, CCTV1.