Chinese Greenlights 16 More Trademarks For Trump

According to Chinese government records, Ivanka’s trademark applications were granted preliminary approvals, in October, as Chinese and U.S. officials sought to restart trade talks.

China has greenlighted more than one dozen trademarks - ranging from fashion accessories to electronics - for United States’ First Daughter, Ivanka Trump.

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In addition to the trademarks that cover several fashion-related categories, the clothing entrepreneur also applied for items in a category which covers voting machines and electronics including cameras and telephones.

The reportedly now-defunct company, which bears the name of the White House adviser, had previously applied for the 16 trademarks in March and May of 2016 - the year the elder Trump was elected U.S. head of state.

The family-run Trump Organization was also granted a number of trademarks by Beijing that same year.

According to Chinese government records, Ivanka’s trademark applications were granted preliminary approvals, in October, as Chinese and U.S. officials sought to restart trade talks.

“Since she has retained her foreign trademarks, the public will continue to have to ask whether President Trump has made foreign policy decisions in the interest of his and his family’s businesses,” Caroline Zhang of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW), who uncovered the filings, remarked.

Jordan Libowitz of CREW added that data indicated that some of the Washington advisor’s applications have taken longer than usual to process. “We obviously do not know the reason behind the timing, although some others have suspiciously lined up with events involving the Trump administration.”

However, Abigail Klem, former-president of the Ivanka Trump brand, had previously stated in relation to copyright infringement, that "we have recently seen a surge in trademark filings by unrelated third parties trying to capitalize on the name and it is our responsibility to diligently protect our trademark." 

In May, China awarded Ivanka seven trademarks, which coincided with President Trump pledge to help Chinese state-owned telecom equipment maker to recover.

The recent trademarks are set to become fully approved after a three-month public review period. China has approved more than 30 trademark applications for Ivanka, who will hold trademarks for senior homes, veterinary services, batteries, wedding gowns and sausage casings. Ivanka Trump submitted 53 applications, overall.

China reversed a decision to reject nine Donald Trump trademarks last year, the Associated Press reported.

Ivanka currently serves as an adviser to her father, U.S. President Donald Trump.

Failed U.S.-China trade talks have resulted in Trump slapping $250-billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports, followed by the Asian country imposing retaliatory tariffs on US$110 billion worth of U.S. products.

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Ivanka Trump was importing 50 tonnes of Chinese clothing as her father was saying 'buy American'

More than 50 tonnes of Ivanka Trump-branded clothing was imported into the US as her father told the country “we will... buy American and hire American”, it has emerged.

At least 82 shipments also reportedly passed through US customs from China between the election on 8 November and 26 February.

The investigation by news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) also revealed more than two tonnes in ladies’ polyester woven blouses, 1,600 cowhide leather wallets and 23 tonnes in footwear entered the country during this period.

  • Trump says 'buy American' while Ivanka wears French designer dress

Analysis last July found not one of 25 different Trump-branded clothing items at New York City’s flagship Macy’s store were made in the US but mostly in China and Vietnam.

During Mr Trump’s inauguration speech at Capitol Hill on 20 January he said: “We will follow two simple rules; buy American and hire American.”

As well as talking of “American carnage”, he castigated domestic and foreign manufacturers for using overseas labour.

But AFP claims to have seen US customs bills that prove his eldest daughter’s company is still buying thousands of items from China, including 53.5 tonnes that were steaming towards American ports during the speech.

The goods were made in China by three US companies which hold Ivanka Trump licences, including G-Ill, Mondani Handbags and Marc Fisher Footwear.

Marc Fisher told AFP it had no comment and others did not respond to requests.

Apparently more than 1,200 shipments of Trump-branded products have flowed into the US from China and Hong Kong over the past decade.

G-Ill reportedly sold $29.4m of the goods in 2015 and sales in the first nine months of 2016 were up $13.3m, according to the firm’s public filings.

The 70-year-old property mogul, who frustrated China by talking to Taiwan’s president and saying the US will protect interests in the South China Sea, has previously accused the Asian country of stealing US jobs and being behind the 'hoax' of climate change.

The latest news also follows a spike in the sales of Ivanka Trump clothing after White House advisor Kellyanne Conway plugged her lines on Fox & Friends.

This is despite Nordstrom dropping all her products, following the Grab Your Wallet campaign, which press secretary Sean Spicer called a “direct attack” on the president’s policies.

 

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