Timeline: Ivanka Trump goes to Washington, and sales surge


She also gave the responsibility of her design business to the president of the brand, Abigail Klem. "That's a slippery slope that may require her or Jared to step out of the room".

Her lawyer, Jamie Gorelick noted that Ivanka resigned from running the business and put it in trust, adding, "Ivanka has had no involvement with trademark applications submitted by the business". This is a direct attack on his policies and her name.

China, however, remains a nagging concern.

The "commercial currents" of the Trump White House are unprecedented in modern American politics, ethics lawyers told AP, and questions continue over how close Ivanka and Jared remain to their companies, even after they became West Wing employees and advisors to the president.

Donald Trump loves branding, but as we've seen time and time again, he's been fighting several trademark battles in China as entrepreneurs attempted to sell everything from Trump-branded toilets to a Trump-branded escort service, while at the same time securing his own trademarks in the country.

But, according to the New York Times, she still has financial interest in the company and can approve or veto some deals.

Publicly, Ivanka Trump has taken a gracious, charming approach toward Beijing. He recalled that her daughter Arabella performed in Mandarin in honor of President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan's official visit to the U.S. and that the five-year girl has been learning Chinese from her early childhood. Talk is cheap, and so are Trump handbags. The trade data resource company Panjiva Inc. found that US imports of her namesake merchandise were up 40 percent in the first quarter of this year - coinciding with the time frame her father has been in office.

Gorelick said her client would recuse herself from certain policy matters, like trade agreements, that are specific enough to affect her line of clothing and accessories.

"In between, you have to assess it case-by-case", she said.

The statement was an update to an initial email response sent to FN this morning, in which Klem stated: "The [Ivanka Trump] brand has filed, updated, and rigorously protected its worldwide trademarks over the past several years in the normal course of business, especially in regions where trademark infringement is rampant".

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Korostikov pointed at the extensive ties of the Trump family with Chinese business. There is no indication the recent approvals were swift.

Globally, the company has more than 180 pending and registered trademarks in countries including Canada, India, Japan, Israel, Mexico, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, as well as the US and Europe, public records show. "The brand has filed, updated, and rigorously protected its global trademarks over the past several years in the normal course of business, especially in regions where trademark infringement is rampant", she said. Sales, by some measures, have reached record highs this year. It apparently worked, sparking a 771 percent surge in the brand's sales that month on Lyst.com over February 2016. Trump herself has yet to file a disclosure.

In her first interview since becoming assistant to the president, Ivanka Trump tells Gayle King about how she's managing the potential conflict o... Conway was later reprimanded.

In February, Ivanka and Arabella visited the Chinese embassy for the lunar new year celebrations and were hosted by Ambassador Cui Tiankai, which was broadcasted live by the Chinese television.

By contrast, she has been her family's leading globalist - doing deals around the world in her father's name and her own.

But as Ivanka's role in the White House has grown, so has her fashion brand-and ethicists are doubting how clear the separation between the two truly is.

Conway was later investigated by the Office of Government Ethics over the comments, with some accusing her of wrongfully using her position to sell products.

Adamson said that is a competitive advantage other brands just can't match. It seems that every other week they create a new "scandal" for which to impugn the First Daughter's reputation.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

The monopoly rights would allow Ivanka to expand the Ivanka Trump Marks LLC brand into China, as she begins to launch her new activewear and an affordable jewelry collection.