The Chinese government has granted preliminary approval of another five trademarks for Ivanka Trump’s company this month.
Four trademarks, including child care centres, sunglasses and wedding dresses, were approved on Sunday, with a fifth for brokerage, charitable fundraising and art valuation services already approved on January 6.
The applications, filed in China in 2016 and 2017, will be finalised after 90 days if there are no objections. Ivanka’s expanding intellectual property holdings have long raised ethical concerns, particularly in China. Critics argue that by asking a foreign government for intellectual property rights, White House officials could open themselves to pressure in government negotiations.
Ivanka’s representatives assert the trademark filings are standard business practice which is needed to protect her name from infringements.