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 Associated Press has found.
On Sunday, China granted the US first daughter’s company final approval for its 13th trademark in the last three months, trademark office records show.
Over the same period, the Chinese government granted Ms Trump’s company provisional approval for another eight trademarks, which can be finalised if no objections are raised during a three-month comment period.
Taken together, the trademarks could allow her brand to market lifestyle 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.
Ms Trump stepped back from management of her brand and placed its assets in a family-run trust, but she continues to profit from the business.
As Ms Trump and her father built their global brands, largely through licensing deals, they pursued trademarks in dozens of countries.
Those global trademarks have drawn the attention of ethics lawyers because they are granted by foreign governments and can confer enormous value.
Concerns about political influence have been especially sharp in China, where the courts and bureaucracy are designed to reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party.
Chinese officials have emphasised that all trademark applications are handled in accordance with the law.
More approvals are likely to come. Online records from China’s trademark office indicate that Ms Trump’s company last applied for trademarks – 17 of them – on March 28, 2017, the day before she took on a formal role at the White House.
Those records on Monday showed at least 25 of Ms Trump trademarks pending review, 36 active marks and eight with provisional approval.
Ms 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.