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China grants more trademark approvals for Ivanka Trump firm - including voting machines

Reuters  |  BEIJING 

(Reuters) - last month granted initial approval for 16 new trademarks for the fashion brand of U.S. Donald Trump's daughter and Ivanka, including voting machines, a search of official records on Tuesday showed.

announced in July she was shutting her fashion line to focus on her role as an informal adviser, where she is working on advancing working women.

Since Trump's surprise November 2016 election, his family has faced criticism that its portfolio of and consumer goods businesses, which lean heavily on the Trump name, conflicts with its roles.

The group in made the findings about the new trademarks in a Monday statement, and said it was the largest number of new Chinese trademarks her company has received in a single month since her father took office.

The latest trademarks cover things like shoes and jewellery, but also more offbeat items like voting machines and nursing homes, according to a search of records on the Chinese State Administration for Industry and Commerce's Trademark office.

The trademarks were applied for in 2016.

Intellectual property lawyers say trademark applications are often very broad to give the applicant the most comprehensive protection for their brand.

The has previously denied anything untoward in granting her company the trademarks.

China and the are currently locked in a trade war, though both countries have taken steps to cool the temperature ahead of an expected meeting between the U.S. and Chinese presidents on the sidelines of the summit starting later this month in

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 13:47 IST
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