Ivanka fights to protect her first name

20 April, 2017, 13:47 | Author: Valerie Burke
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The Associated Press reported that since Trump took office on January 20, Ivanka Trump's Ivanka Trump Marks LLC has won provisional approval from China for at least five new trademarks, adding to 16 already registered and more than 30 pending applications. In fact, the AP reports that 2017 has brought Ivanka's company record sales: "U.S. imports, nearly all from China, shot up an estimated 166 percent past year". Since President Donald Trump took office, four trademarks for Ivanka's brand have also been granted the initial approval, AP reported.

The new trademark applications seek the right to put Ivanka Trump's name on lingerie in the US, baby clothes in the Philippines, handbags in Puerto Rico and perfume in Canada, among a host of things.

Raising eyebrows once again, Ivanka Trump follows in her father's footsteps and appears to mix her private business ambitions with American politics. "I would never have allowed it", commented Norman Eisen, a former White House ethics counsel under Barack Obama, to AP.

"I put in place - an ethics trustee", she said.

Ivanka's business remains in a trust, but the first daughter must stay away from banking, trade and tax code matters. But King, who voted for Hillary Clinton, said she believes Trump's role in the White House represents a conflict of interest. Despite boycotts, Ivanka Trump's fashion brands are flourishing, and in particular saw a major boost in profits after Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway in a February TV interview urged viewers to purchase Ivanka Trump products. NBC noted that Ivanka Trump's lifestyle brand has "more than doubled" shipments from China in the past year and that while she claimed to avoid conflicts of interests, "the lines can become blurred" because she is still profiting from the company while working at the White House.

The Chinese government denied that there had been any special treatment of Ivanka Trump's trademark applications.

The poll also finds Ivanka Trump is viewed favorably by 36 percent of respondents and unfavorably by 31 percent.

The New York Times reports, meanwhile, that the president's daughter and her husband "both have seats at the table at any meeting they choose to attend, join lunches with foreign leaders and enjoy "walk-in privileges" to the Oval Office".

Ivanka Trump forms four new companies in DE to handle licensing contracts for baby products and costume jewelry.

It is not clear how Trump, now a federal employee, will navigate continuing ties to far-flung foreign business interests.

While many celebrities in the past have struggled to protect their own name and trademark in China, where copyrights are often "first come, first serve".

And her clothing line isn't even the only asset of Ivanka's that we need to worry about.

Conway's husband, George, a lawyer who specializes in securities, contract and antitrust litigation, had been a contender for Trump's Solicitor General, and last month his name was floated as the likely chief of the Justice Department's civil division.

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