IKEA Battles Trademark Cases Ahead of Launch
New Delhi: Ahead of the opening of its first store in India next year, Swedish home products retailer IKEA is battling trademark cases to stop others from using similar-sounding names in the country.
Last year, IKEA lost a trademark case in a district court in New Delhi against Bengalurubased Quess Corp., which runs recruitment and staffing businesses under the brand IKYA Human Capital Solutions. The Swedish company has appealed in the Delhi High Court in a bid to stop Quess from using the phonetically similar name. “IKEA had moved Delhi High Court seeking a stay against the district court order. The stay was not granted. The matter is sub judice now,” Subrata Nag, CFO of Quess, said in an emailed response. “We strongly deny any trademark infringement. IKYA is derived from the Sanskrit ‘Aikya’, meaning ‘Oneness’ and ‘Integration.’ We are using this brand since 2008 for our HR services business which has no similarities with the furniture business of IKEA.” IKEA did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. In another case, the company has dragged a West Bengal-based furniture dealer to court for branding as IKIA.
IKEA has registered 45 trademarks in India, according to documents filed in the court.