China says Ivanka Trump trademark requests handled properly

  • China says Ivanka Trump trademark requests handled properly

China says Ivanka Trump trademark requests handled properly

A spokesperson for the Ivanka Trump brand - which Ivanka no longer manages but still owns - said the trademarks filed in China this year were filed defensively to prevent counterfeiters from using her name.

Demonstrating to all the world that women really are wonderful multitaskers, first daughter Ivanka Trump was able to dine with Chinese President Xi Jinping and see her company win provisional approval from the Chinese government for three new trademarks on the very same day.

USA imports, nearly all from China, shot up an estimated 166 percent past year, according to Panjiva Inc., which tracks worldwide imports to the States. Company president Abigail Klem told CNN in a statement Tuesday that filing trademarks are needed especially in "regions where trademark infringement is rampant".

CNN's search of Chinese trademark databases show Ivanka Trump's company already holds 16 fully registered trademarks in the country.

Though there is no direct evidence linking her trademark approval to the dinner or any other meeting with the Chinese government, the story does draw attention to the fine line the Trump White House is walking when it comes to maintaining its family businesses.

China has defended its handling of trademark applications from Ivanka Trump and her company, saying that all such requests are handled fairly.

She has taken steps to separate herself from her business by moving back from its day-to-day operations and naming her brother-in-law and sister-in-law as trustees.

As government ethics experts Richard Painter, Norman Eisen, and Virginia Canter wrote after Trump and Kushner's financial disclosure forms became public a few weeks ago, the couple has "so many potential conflicts of interest that if they abide by ethics laws and past White House practices, they won't be able to advise the president on three of his top priorities: Trade, tax reform and Wall Street deregulation".

A request for comment from the Ivanka Trump brand, sent by WWD outside of regular US business hours, was not received by press time. Criminal conflict-of-interest law prohibits federal officials from participating in government matters that could impact their own financial interest or that of their spouses. However, now that they are in politics - representing America on the world's stage - they can not use the White House to make money for the Trump family brand. Boycotts like the #GrabYourWallet campaign and controversy surrounding Ivanka's complicity in her father's politics have apparently done little to stem her company's success. According to The New York Times, Kushner is still a beneficiary of many Kushner Companies assets, despite resigning from multiple roles at the company, and many Kushner Companies' projects still draw investors from around the world. The video, which was lavishly praised by Chinese state media, played over 2.2 million times on China's popular news portal "Foreign policy toward China is not a particular matter". He says normally it takes 18 months to two years to have a trademark registration application issued. Sales spiked 771 percent in February over the same month previous year.

In late March, in an unprecedented move, it was announced that the president's oldest daughter would get an official White House role as "special assistant to the president", along with security clearances and a West Wing office. "All that buzz is hardwired to her products".