The Trump team are known for their controversy around the world and in an array of different industries; the trademark industry is no exception. In the past three months, Ivanka Trump’s brand has been granted a further 13 trademarks, according to trademark office records. Over the same period, the Chinese government 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.

It has been suggested that 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. After controversial business decisions during Trumps presidency,  Ivanka 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.

 Ivanka Trump and her father have built their global brands and 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 emphasized that all trademark applications are handled in accordance with the law. More approvals are likely to come. Records on Monday showed at least 25 Ivanka Trump trademarks pending review, 36 active marks and eight with provisional approval.

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