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Gap Sues Indian Apparel Companies for Trademark Violations

Gap just took its brand to India in May and now the U.S. apparel retailer is battling two Indian apparel manufacturers for alleged trademark infringements.

The accused manufacturers allegedly labeled non-Gap goods with “Gap-In,” “Gap-2” and “Gap Two” logos, which were deceptively similar to the retailer’s, according to the Economic Times.

Gap discovered the violations in January and issued a plea for a permanent injunction against the manufacturers, one of which is based in Delhi, the other in Bengaluru. In the same month the court agreed that Gap’s trademark was in fact infringed upon and approved the injunction.

A lawyer representing Gap said the court appointed commissioners who conducted raids and seized the mock Gap goods, the Economic Times reported. The court issued an order restraining the manufacturers from making, selling or using the trademark and ordered the issue of summons to be returned on Oct. 12.

The American retailer recently set up shop in a 10,000-square-foot space in Delhi through a franchise agreement with domestic textile company Arvind Lifestyle Brands, drawing record crowds before and on opening day.

Gap said it is committed to expansion in India and the company has plans to open several additional locations in Delhi this year and more in Mumbai in 2016.