IKEA is being sued before Germany’s highest court by German brand e15. e15 claims an IKEA bed is copied from one of its own designs.
It concerns IKEA’s Malm bed, which bears a striking similarity to e15’s SL02 Mo. Frankfurt-based e15 is arguing that the Malm is a copy of its design and that the similarity has led customers to complain.
IKEA’s Malm bed is part of its bestselling Malm range. Like the SL02 Mo, the Malm bed has a flat headboard and footboard, with a wide edge on the sides of its frame that can act as a slim bedside shelf.
Major difference, the price: the SL02 Mo is made from solid wood and retails for upwards of EUR 3,546,- while IKEA’s Malm bed is made of particle board with an oak veneer and has a price tag of around EUR 200,-.
e15 first brought the case in front of the regional courts in Dusseldorf, but after having lost its case twice, it is now appealing to Germany’s supreme court, the Bundesgerichtshof. The court is expected to rule on the matter next year.
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