Lately, the public has been very enthusiastic about the dispute over the name of the â€œGeprek Bensuâ€ restaurant. It is a lawsuit where someone sued an artist/comedian for stealing his restaurant trademark. That is one of the exclusivity privileges for those people who register their trademark Indonesia brand to the DGIP. That no one, no matter how famous they are, could steal your intellectual property and brand.
But, that case is not the only dispute scandal that is famous in the country. 5 other similar lawsuit cases were famous too since they were an International company against local companies.
5 Most Famous Dispute Lawsuit in Trademark Indonesia Scope
1. IKEA Swedish vs IKEA (Intan Khatulistiwa Eka Abadi)
This was massive news since the IKEA Swedish branch in Indonesia, submitted a cancellation brand for the trademark IKEA that is owned by PT Ratania Khatulistiwa. Fortunately for the PT Ratania Khatulistiwa, their brand has officially registered on DGIP since December, 20th 2013. While on the other hand, IKEA Swedish has not confirmed the extension of its contract with the Indonesia Government.
2. Donald Trump vs Indonesia Retail Company
This happened in 2014 when the President of the United States sued a retail company named â€œTrumpsâ€ that is owned by Robin Wibowo. Trump demands brand cancellation because he thinks it imitates his company name.
Donald Trump was pretty defensive since his company has been legitimately registered in the United States since April 1999. Fortunately, the Commercial Court was only able to fulfill half of the lawsuit.
3. The DC Comic Company vs Wafer Superman
The DC Comic has also been involved in an Indonesia dispute lawsuit, which was against the wafer Superman trademark from PT Marking Farm Makmur. As the creator of the world’s very famous superhero Superman, DC Comic Company claims that PT Marking Farm Makmur has been stealing their intellectual property for self-advantage.
PT Marking Farm Makmur luckily won over the battle for itâ€™s been legitimately registered in the DGIP since 2003. Furthermore, the lawsuit from the DC Comic Company to the PT Marking Farm Makmur has terminated disappointing for the DC Comic Company.
4. The Monster Energy Company vs Andria Thamrun
This is a case where the United States drink company, Monster Energy sued Andria Thamrun for using the trademark â€œMonsterâ€. They claimed that the â€œMonsterâ€ energy drink has been legitimately registered and owned by them since 1992 in the United States.
5. Toyota Lexus vs Prolexus
The next case from the automotive company from Japan, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha against the local company owned by Welly Karlan. They claimed that the name â€œLexusâ€ legitimately belonged to them. Unfortunately for the Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, in Indonesia itself, there was at least 10 trademark of â€œLexusâ€ that is owned by another Indonesia company with massive popularity.
This Is Why Registering a Trademark is Important
As seen from the previous 5 cases of dispute lawsuit, most of them are smaller Indonesia companies that were against the worldwide company, even the President of the United States. Yet, they still won over the battle luckily because they have registered their brand in the DGIP for a very long time. It shows that the importance of registering your brand trademark to the DGIP is to protect your brand and also your intellectual property.