The marks granted to the family of the president of the United States Include services for restaurants, bars and hotels in addition to clothing and footwear.
The Chinese government has granted 18 trademarks to companies linked to US President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump in the past two months, according to Chinese public records, raising concerns about conflicts of interest in the White House.
In October, the Trademark Office provisionally approved 16 trademarks to Ivanka Trump Marks LLC, bringing to 34 the total number of trademarks that Beijing gave the green light this year, according to the agency’s online database. These include fashion items such as sun glasses, handbags, shoes and jewelry, as well as beauty services and voting machines.
Three months ago, Ivanka Trump announced that she was going to dissolve the brand that bears her name to concentrate on her work for the government.
China also granted provisional approval of two “Trump” trademarks to DTTM Operations LLC, based at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York. They include services for restaurants, bars and hotels as well as clothing and footwear.
Brands will receive final approval if there are no objections during a 90-day period.
All trademarks were requested in 2016.
Both the president and his daughter have important intellectual properties in China. Detractors fear that the country, whose courts and bureaucracy are structured to reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party, could exploit those valuable rights to gain political influence.
It is also feared that the global portfolio of intellectual property of the Trump family provides the basis for the president and his daughter, adviser to the White House, to benefit from their global brands when they leave office.
“Ivanka receives preliminary approval of these new Chinese trademarks while her father continues to wage a trade war against China. Since it has retained its foreign brands, the public must ask if President Trump has made foreign policy decisions for the benefit of his companies and those of his family, “Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics wrote in Washington, an organization that monitors government and was the first to spread the word about Ivanka Trump brands in China.
Lawyers for Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump in Beijing declined to comment.
China says it gives equal treatment to all trademarks in accordance with its laws.