The USPTO is experiencing an large increase in the number trademark applications from China. Some of these applications have been proven to be fraudulent. The Wall Street Journal, as well as the Gerben IP, have reported this to potentially be associated with cash subsidies being offered by local Chinese governments.
Josh Gerben was quoted by the Wall Street Journal, stating:
Fraudulent trademarks could cause costly delays for other filers if their names are too similar, a grounds for refusal. “The significant number of fraudulent trademark filings being made from China is disrupting our trademark system.”
Article: Gershman, Jacob. “Flood of Trademark Applications From China Alarms U.S. Officials.” Wall Street Journal. 05 May 2018, p. B3