China grants Trump family 18 trademarks in 2 months

China grants Trump family 18 trademarks in 2 months

China grants Trump family 18 trademarks in 2 months

The Chinese government granted a total of 18 trademarks to companies linked to U.S. President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump over the last two months, Chinese public records show, raising concerns about conflicts of interest in the White House as Americans vote in national elections.

The approvals, which were applied for in March and May 2016, underscore the ongoing entanglement of President Donald Trump and his family with the Chinese government through the Trumps' various business interests in the country, past and present.

The approvals came three months after Ivanka Trump announced she was dissolving her namesake brand to focus on government work. Most applications were related to fashion items such as shoes and handbags, but one was for an unspecified item in a category that covers voting machines, as well as gadgets and electronics ranging from cameras and telephones to semiconductors.

Two of the new trademark approvals were given to a firm called DTTM Operations LLC, which has its headquarters in the Trump Tower on New York's Fifth Avenue.

China also granted provisional approval for two "Trump" trademarks to DTTM Operations LLC, headquartered at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in NY.

"These trademarks were sought to broadly protect Ms. Trump's name, and to prevent others from stealing her name and using it to sell their products", Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Ivanka Trump's ethics attorney, said in an email. They cover branded restaurant, bar and hotel services, as well as clothing and shoes.

The trademarks will be finalised if there are no objections within a 90 day period. "This is a common trademark practice, which is why the trademark applications were granted". Critics worry that China, where the courts and bureaucracy are created to reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party, could exploit those valuable rights for political leverage.

The Chinese government has previously denied anything untoward in granting her company the trademarks. "Since she has retained her foreign trademarks, the public will continue to have to ask whether President [Donald] Trump has made foreign policy decisions in the interest of his and his family's businesses".

Companies register trademarks for a variety of reasons.

The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington made the findings about the new China trademarks in a Monday statement, and said it was the largest number of new Chinese trademarks her company has received in a single month since her father took office.

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