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Intellectual property protection
On 2 February 2016, the Indonesian Supreme Court ruled against the Swedish furniture retailer IKEA in a highly disputed lawsuit challenging the company's trademark for Indonesia.
The Swedish firm lost its trademark to the local furniture selling company PT Ratania despite having successfully registered its name in 2006 and again in 2010. The court ruled against IKEA, arguing that the company had not used its trademark for three consecutive years.
IKEA opened its first (and so far only) store in Indonesia back in 2014, but has been sourcing timber products from the country long beforehand.
According to comments made in the local media, Indonesian IP law does require the active use of trademarks but often provides unclear and often contradicting provisions.
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