Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Artist Sues IKEA and UNICEF for $22 Million for Allegedly Stealing Idea

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Artist Sues IKEA and UNICEF for $22 Million for Allegedly Stealing Idea

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Quebec artists sues IKEA and UNICEF

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MONTREAL - A Quebec artist is suing IKEA Canada and UNICEF for $22 million for allegedly stealing her idea of making plush toys in the mould of children's drawings.

Claude Bouchard filed her lawsuit Monday in Montreal.

She alleges the Swedish company and the United Nations Children's Fund copied an idea she thought of decades ago.

Bouchard invented plush toys that are reproductions of imaginary creatures from kids' drawings, a style of art she began in the 1970s.

She says her work can be found in museums and are well-known enough that IKEA should have been aware the idea didn't belong to the company.

Bouchard said she was "stupefied" to notice similar plush toys in a Montreal IKEA store in January 2016. …

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