In 2018, China Granted Ivanka Trump A Trademark On Coffins
In 2018, first daughter Ivanka Trump had thirteen trademarks approved by China over a period of three months, reported ABC News, along with provisional approval for an additional eight trademarks.
The trademarks could allow her brand to market myriad products in China, from baby blankets to coffins. Ms. Trump has placed her brand’s management and assets in a family-run trust, but she continues to make money from it.
Though she’s diverted management to make time for her responsibilities at the White House, it raises a lot of questions about how ethical her position really is.
"Ivanka Trump's refusal to divest from her business is especially troubling as the Ivanka brand continues to expand its business in foreign countries," Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington executive director Noah Bookbinder said in an email Monday.
"It raises significant questions about corruption, as it invites the possibility that she could be benefiting financially from her position and her father's presidency or that she could be influenced in her policy work by countries' treatment of her business."
Doing business with foreign countries, especially China, brings concerns over how Ivanka is wielding her political influence. China’s trademark records show that Ivanka’s company applied for 17 new trademarks the day before she took up her role at the White House.
Those records on Monday showed there were at least 25 Ivanka Trump trademarks pending review, 36 active marks and eight with provisional approval.
Companies have various reasons for getting trademarks, but the most likely reason for Ivanka’s Chinese trademarks has to do with her supply chain. She doesn’t market merchandise in China, but as many found out a year ago when factories that made her apparel in China were investigated for labor abuse, most of her products are made and shipped from there.
Ethics lawyers are worried because these trademarks “are granted by foreign governments and can confer enormous value.”