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Rattan decision? Ikea loses rights to own name in Indonesia

Ikea has lost the rights to its own name in Indonesia after the country’s highest court ruled that the trademark was owned by a local company.

Indonesian rattan furniture company PT Ratania Khatulistiwa registered its Ikea trademark in December 2013. It’s an acronym of Intan Khatulistiwa Esa Abadi, which refers to the rattan industry.

The supreme court said the Swedish retailer, which registered its trademark in Indonesia in 2010, had not actively used its trademark in three consecutive years for commercial purposes, which meant it could be deleted under Indonesia’s trademark law.

The ruling came in May last year but was only published on Thursday, online, by the court.