Have you ever wondered who comes up with all the funny names of the IKEA furniture and accessories? And if they are even real Swedish names? Sale, for instance, is called “Plundra”, which seems like a made-up name for plundering the IKEA store. What most IKEA shoppers do not know, is that the names of […]
A Dutch design duo has accused IKEA of counterfeiting its design lamp. Dutch designer Margje Teeuwen has designed, together with Erwin Zwiers, a lamp that looks like a big wad of paper. The design duo was stunned when IKEA came along with an almost identical lamp. In a lawsuit against the Swedish furniture and home accessory […]
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 […]
IKEA has lost its trademark to a small Indonesian manufacturer of rattan furniture. The Indonesian company PT Ratania Khatulistiwa registered its Ikea trademark in December 2013, where Ikea is an acronym for Intan Khatulistiwa Esa Abadi, Indonesian words referring to the rattan industry. The company boldly took Ikea to court when its store outside Jakarta […]
Fake is sometimes difficult to spot. We IP attorneys have made a job out of spotting fake and counterfeit goods. But sometimes it is easy, even for us. Either because it is sooooo obvious: or because it just says so: TGIF: Have a nice weekend!
Fans. Bands, brands and celebrities cannot live without them. They are the most faithful followers. However, they are sometimes a bit too enthusiastic. Especially when they are using the trademark or logo in their fan communications, this put trademark owners in a difficult position. The same happened with IKEA hackers. This website shows alternative applications […]
Markmatters.com / Knijff Trademark Attorneys is attending the annual ECTA Conference in Stockholm this week (Say hi when you run in to us!). Sweden is a beautiful country and Stockholm an amazing city. The country is not only keen on design, it is also home of some of the bigger brands of the world: IKEA, […]