Japanese general merchandise retailer Ryohin Keikaku Co. Ltd., owner of the Muji store chain, filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Singaporean retailer Iuiga over its alleged use of the Muji brand in Singapore, Business Insider reported March 7.
Citing an interview with Muji President Satoru Matsuzaki, the news outlet said the lawsuit was filed with Singapore's courts in late January.
Muji has asked the courts to order Iuiga to stop the use of the Muji trademark in its marketing strategies, the report said. Muji claims the Singapore company is using labels such as "Muji same manufacturer" and "direct from Muji manufacturer" on its e-commerce website and inside its physical stores, the report added.
On a dedicated product page on Iuiga's online marketplace, the retailer listed items ranging from bath mats to hangers and cushions that were labeled as "directly imported from Muji's product manufacturers."
"Our household goods [embody] the same outstanding quality as the global brand, at a fraction of retail prices," a page on Iuiga's website says.
A Muji spokesperson told Business Insider that the retailer has requested Iuiga to "disclose information on their manufacturing factories to verify their statements." The spokesperson added that it did not receive any response from the manufacturers.
Muji reportedly said its contractors denied manufacturing or supplying products to Iuiga.
Meanwhile, Iuiga's chief growth officer, Jaslyn Chan, told the news outlet that the company "maintains that they have done nothing wrong" and that "the information on their website is factually accurate and their manufacturing processes are legal."
Chan reportedly added that Iuiga works with "original design manufacturers" and that there is no direct ownership of the product by any single brand entity.