Ivanka Trump's brand continues to win foreign trademarks in China and the Philippines, adding to questions about conflicts of interest at the White House, the AP has found. On Sunday, China granted the first daughter's company final approval for its 13th trademark in the last three months. Over the same period, Beijing has granted Ivanka Trump's company provisional approval for another eight trademarks, which can be finalized if no objections are raised during a three-month comment period. Taken together, the trademarks could allow her brand to market a lifetime's worth of products in China, from baby blankets to coffins, and a host of things in between, including perfume, make-up, bowls, mirrors, furniture, books, coffee, chocolate, and honey. Ivanka Trump stepped back from management of her brand and placed its assets in a family-run trust, but continues to profit from the business.
Noah Bookbinder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the approvals create "more conflicts of interest and more potential for using the White House for self-enrichment." More approvals are likely. Records from China's trademark office indicate that Ivanka Trump's company last applied for trademarks—17 of them—on Mar. 28, 2017, the day before she took a formal role at the White House. Those records on Monday showed at least 25 Ivanka Trump trademarks pending review, 36 active marks, and eight with provisional approval. Ivanka Trump does not have a large retail presence in China, but customs records show that the bulk of her company's US imports are shipped from China. The brand's secretive Chinese supply chains have been the subject of controversy. A year ago, three men working for China Labor Watch were arrested while investigating labor abuses at Ivanka Trump suppliers.
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