Names and faces

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

■ As Ivana Trump, the fash­ion model-turned-busi­ness leader and ex-wife of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, pre­pares for the Oc­to­ber re­lease of a new book about rais­ing her chil­dren, she’s seek­ing ap­proval from trade­mark of­fi­cials to pro­tect her name in var­i­ous en­ter­tain­ment and busi­ness ser­vices. Ivana Trump filed a re­quest with the U.S. trade­mark of­fice in late June to safe­guard her name for books, celebrity pro­mo­tion ser­vices, tele­vi­sion and ra­dio shows, and mo­tion pic­ture pro­duc­tion, ac­cord­ing to govern­ment fil­ings. The trade­marks were filed as an “in­tent to use” and won’t be fi­nal un­til they’re proved to be in com­mer­cial use. Trump holds four ac­tive trade­marks for jew­elry, eyeglasses, wine and her web­site. She has aban­doned nu­mer­ous trade­marks over the years in such cat­e­gories as cloth­ing, per­fume and bot­tled wa­ter. Robert Clar­ida, an in­tel­lec­tual-prop­erty lawyer at Reitler Kalia & Rosent­blatt listed on the trade­mark fil­ing, de­clined to com­ment. The Trump fam­ily has a long his­tory of fil­ing trade­marks to pro­tect its name. Ear­lier this year, Ivana Trump signed a deal with Gallery Books, an im­print of CBS Corp.’s Si­mon & Schus­ter, to write a tell-all about rais­ing her three chil­dren — Don­ald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka. She mar­ried Don­ald Trump in 1977. The cou­ple di­vorced in 1992.

■ In the first Kennedy Cen­ter Hon­ors dur­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, hon­orees will in­clude two singers, a tele­vi­sion writer, a dancer — and for the first time, a hip-hop artist. LL Cool J will be among five en­ter­tain­ers be­ing hon­ored at the 40th an­nual award cer­e­mony for their life­long artis­tic achieve­ments. “To knock the door down for a new genre — the word is just ‘dope!’” he said. “To be able to come from the cor­ner of Farm­ers Boule­vard in Queens, bang­ing on a garbage can, all the way to the Kennedy Cen­ter Hon­ors, that’s a long jour­ney.” Other re­cip­i­ents in­clude ground­break­ing tele­vi­sion writer and pro­ducer Nor­man Lear, im­mi­grant singer-song­writer and ac­tress Glo­ria Este­fan, mu­si­cian and record pro­ducer Lionel Richie, and dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Car­men de Laval­lade. In keep­ing with tra­di­tion, the pres­i­dent and first lady, Me­la­nia Trump, will host a White House re­cep­tion in De­cem­ber for hon­orees be­fore ap­pear­ing along­side them at the hon­ors gala. But in an era of sharp po­lit­i­cal di­vides, the awardees ap­pear to be di­vided on how best to re­spond to the honor — or whether to at­tend the fes­tiv­i­ties at all. Lear said he has al­ready in­formed the Kennedy Cen­ter that he would forgo the White House re­cep­tion, a rare move in the Hon­ors’ 39-year his­tory. How­ever, Este­fan, a seven-time Grammy Award win­ner, said she looked for­ward to speak­ing with Trump be­cause it was “the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to make clear and ex­press” her views.

LL Cool J


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