Report: China Fast-Tracked Ivanka’s Trademark Request After Trump Was Elected

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Trademarks Ivanka Trump applied for after her father’s 2016 win were approved 40% faster by the Chinese government.

A new book by Forbes’ senior editor Dan Alexander details how trademarks Ivanka Trump applied for with the Chinese government were approved 40 percent faster after her father won the 2016 election compared to those she applied for in years prior.

By April 2019, the Chinese government had approved a total of 41 trademarks linked to Ivanka’s companies, according to Alexander’s book, White House, Inc.

  • The day before Ivanka became an official government employee in March 2017, she applied for 17 new trademarks with the Chinese government.
  • In early May 2018, Forbes wrote, “ZTE, a Chinese electronics maker, said that it had halted “major operating activities” after being penalized by the United States Department of Commerce for breaking sanctions and selling electronics to Iran and North Korea.”
  • President Trump did a swift turnaround on the issue in mid-May, vowing to work with Chinese President Xi Jinping to prevent ZTE’s collapse. He tweeted at the time: “Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!”
  • During the same month, China approved seven trademarks for Ivanka, as her father was in the midst of tense trade negotiations with the country.
  • In October 2018 alone, “China’s Trademark Office granted provisional approval for 16 trademarks to Ivanka Trump Marks LLC,” Forbes reported, citing an Associated Press report from that time.

In January of 2019, China granted Ivanka’s company preliminary approval for another five trademarks covering child care centers, wedding dresses, and art valuation services. The applications were filed in 2016 and 2017.


“Ivanka receives preliminary approval for these new Chinese trademarks while her father continues to wage a trade war with China. Since she has retained her foreign trademarks, the public will continue to have to ask whether President Trump has made foreign policy decisions in the interest of his and his family’s businesses,” wrote government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

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