Is China becoming a threat to innovation? Ikea next in line of China plagiarism


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Tuesday, 02 August 2011
A 10 000 meter square building in the city of Kunming in China  containing furniture and furnishings that replicate Ikea style in every detail, from the blue and yellow bags to the cafeteria has bee identified. But the menu is Chinese.

This comes after series of Apple sores where discovered in China and it turned out that those stores where illegal.
Ikea already has nine wholly owned stores in China, most of them located in the southern towns near the coast. It is common practice to copy the whole concept and not only the brands or products.


Reports hold that copy and plagiarism is spreading in China because of the hunger there for Western products which are a growing market. One of the biggest problems with the fake stores is that, even if they contain real things, no companies control over how customers perceive their products.

The Chinese law prohibits the copy that "look and feel" like the real brands and products. And the foreign companies must register their brand in China, but even if they do it is follow-up by bad law.
Recent in the same region, three Apple super stores were found there begging the question that is china helping of destroying word innovation, business and trade.

The Western innovators have for year killed themselves to come up with great products only for the Chinese to copy and undercut the market in selling these products in the dark.
By Team

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