China grants Ivanka Trump 5 trademarks amid trade talks

Elias Hubbard
January 23, 2019

They include child care centers, sunglasses, wedding dresses and charitable and art valuation services.

Ivanka Trump's shuttered fashion brand received preliminary approval on five trademarks in China this month while the US and China continue to undergo tense trade negotiations. The applications were filed in 2016 and 2017. Pending any objections, the trademarks will be finalized in 90 days.

Ivanka Trump's expanding intellectual property holdings have long raised ethical concerns, particularly in China, where the courts and bureaucracy tend to reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party.

Ivanka Trump's lawyers in China did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Last July, over a year after Ivanka assumed the position of a senior White House aide, the United States president's eldest daughter shut down her namesake apparel brand.

Despite the closure, Trump received 16 new trademarks from China's Trademark Office in October, bringing the total number approved by China past year to 34, AP reports.

The first daughter has been criticised in the past for her business relationship with China considering her position in her father's White House.

Critics say that the Trump family's worldwide intellectual property portfolio could set the groundwork for the president and his daughter to profit from their global brands as soon as they leave office.

In the meantime, there are concerns that by requesting high-profile intellectual property rights from a foreign government, the White House could make it possible for China to exert pressure on the USA in major economic negotiations.

In the midst of a trade war between the U.S. and China, it has been estimated that the value of Chinese goods and services purchased by Americans was $323.3 billion higher than the value of American goods and services bought by their largest trading partner in 2018, according to the Chinese Customs Administration and National Bureau of Statistics of China.

Spokespersons for Ms Trump defended her trademark filings citing that is is a common business practices used to prevent competitors from using her name to sell their own products.

CBS News reports that the Chinese government approved five preliminary trademarks linked to Trump's companies in January.

China has said it treats all trademark applications equally under the law.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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