IUIGA Backs Down – Agrees To “Take away And Stop” MUJI Trademark

IUIGA Backs Down – Agrees To “Remove And Cease” MUJI Trademark

In March this yr, Japanese retailer Ryohin Keikaku (higher generally known as MUJI) sued Singapore retailer IUIGA for “trademark infringement and passing-off beneath Singapore regulation”.

Then, MUJI’s president Satoru Matsuzaki revealed that the lawsuit was filed in late January with Singapore’s courts, and they are going to be “searching for for orders to cease using the MUJI trademark in IUIGA’s statements” and in addition “searching for compensation for damages and losses”.

IUIGA is thought for utilizing statements like “MUJI Similar Producer” on its web site and bodily retailer.

Screenshot from IUIGA’s web site

In response to accusations, IUIGA’s chief progress officer Jaslyn Chan “maintains that they’ve achieved nothing mistaken” and that “the data on their web site is factually correct and their manufacturing processes are authorized”.

She additionally said that they work with unique design producers (ODMs) and that “there is no such thing as a direct possession of the product by any single model entity, permitting the unique design producers to provide for multiple model”.

The following week, IUIGA asserted in a media assertion that they “are working with producers that additionally work with MUJI”.

IUIGA additionally introduced up an instance of their bean bag couch – which they insist is made by the identical producer of MUJI’s bean bag couch – which had its product itemizing was revised “as a result of IUIGA has been knowledgeable by the producers that MUJI has pressured them to have IUIGA take away the label“.

IUIGA’s bean bag
MUJI’s bean bag

They added: “Provided that MUJI’s enterprise nonetheless occupies a big portion of the producer’s total income, IUIGA is in no place to work towards their producers, and so they acceded to [the] producer’s request in taking down the label.”

“To Keep away from The Chance Of Inflicting Confusion To The Public”

Regardless of their insistence that they have been “not infringing on design or product rights”, it looks as if IUIGA is backing down within the combat.

iuiga mujiScreenshot from their web site

IUIGA simply said on their web site at the moment (13 Sep) that they’ve “agreed to take away and stop use of references to the MUJI commerce mark (sic)” on their advertising and promotional supplies.

In accordance with their assertion, they’ve agreed to do that “in acknowledgement of the possession” of Ryohin Keikaku and MUJI (Singapore) Pte Ltd of the “MUJI” trademark.

They added that they’re additionally doing this “to keep away from the potential for inflicting confusion to the general public”.

MUJI reiterated in an announcement at the moment that it “will proceed to implement its mental property rights”.

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