.@Gap Inc (US) - Stop Bullying A small Indian Company
  • Petitioning Gap

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Chairman and CEO, Gap Inc 2 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA 94105
Glenn Murphy
CEO, Gap Inc.
G Murphy
Spokesperson, Gap Inc
Edie Kissko

.@Gap Inc (US) - Stop Bullying A small Indian Company

    1. Petition by

      Green the Gap

I started Green the Gap 5 years ago to work in the areas of sustainability and fair trade. Part of our work involves providing secure employment with reasonable wages for disadvantaged people. But we are in danger of being shut down by international clothing manufacturer GAP Inc (US). All because we have the word “Gap” in our name.

On March 1st this year, 'Green the Gap' has been served a legal notice to STOP the 'unauthorized' use of the word 'GAP'.

Gap Inc. doesn’t even have a store in India. Media reports suggest that they may be opening stores in India soon. However, they want us to change the name of the company, while we have been our organisation in India for more than 4 years.

Gap Inc. is notoriously known to go way beyond the rational and legal interpretations of its trademark rights as its corporate strategy to limit and sabotage emerging small businesses in different parts of the world.  But we have decided to stand up against this trademark bullying.

Through this petition, we are asking Gap Inc. to drop the legal notice issued to us, asking us to change the name. This is unfair on the part of a big company. They are trying to bully us into changing the name of our company just because we are using the word ‘Gap’ in our name. Sign the petition and support us.

Recent signatures


    1. http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/rather-ridiculous-gap

      A rather ridiculous gap

      Clothing giant Gap's trademark infringement notice to an NGO selling products made from recycled waste is a curious case Trademark disputes are the humdrum of intellectual property (IP) litigation. Important, no doubt, for the parties involved but hardly the stuff to get you and me excited. What all we have missed in recent times?

    2. http://tehelka.com/please-mind-the-gap/

      Please mind the GAP

      "Even this is recycled," says Vimlendu Jha as he taps the wooden floor of his Malviya Nagar office with his foot. Seated on a comfortable couch with his rescued puppy nibbling at his toes, Jha is the epitome of a successful young entrepreneur with a social conscience.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. Gap threatens to sue tiny 'Green the Gap'

      Apparel Giant GAP Threatens to Sue Tiny 'Green The Gap' Up-cycling Store

      Green the Gap, the Delhi based up-cycling store run by the NGO Swechha, is being threatened with a potential law suit by American apparel retailing giant GAP for allegedly infringing upon the retailers trademark. Green the Gap sells up-cycled merchandise like T shirts and accessories through their online store as well.

    5. Gap to take Delhi firm to court in trademark row

      Gap to take Delhi firm to court in trademark row

      Apparel retailer giant Gap is the latest multi-national player to join the trademark and patent infringement battle that has hit Indian companies. The San Francisco-based retailer is suing little known environment e-commerce firm Green the Gap, alleging trademark infringement over the word 'Gap', and reportedly planning to on send out notices to at least five other small and medium businesses.

    6. Gap versus Green the Gap: A trademark fight worth fighting?

      Campaign Asia-Pacific

      Campaign Asia reports on an emerging media and has grown to be the authoritative voice of the media, marketing and advertising community in the asia pacific region

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. US apparel brand Gap serves legal notice

      US apparel brand Gap serves legal notice to NGO for using similar name - The Economic Times

      NEW DELHI: US apparel brand Gap has served a legal notice to a New Delhi-based NGO for calling its stores selling up-cycled apparels, accessories and handicrafts 'Green The Gap'. The notice gave a two-week ultimatum to the non-government organisation to stop using 'Green The Gap' name on stores, apparels and its website, but the latter is in no mood to fall in line.

    10. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 3 months ago

      The law is not the private property of lawyers, nor is justice the exclusive province of judges and juries. In the final analysis, true justice is not a matter of courts and law books, but of a commitment in each of us to liberty and mutual respect.

      -- Jimmy Carter

    • Mary Ellen Upton NEW PORT RICHEY, FL
      • 8 months ago

      Vimlendu's work is important to all of us. I support his enormous efforts to help make this world a better place.

    • Mona Bruchmann DHARAMSALA, INDIA
      • 9 months ago

      i never connected green the gap with GAP - its quite ridiculous to connect these two and I really feel its just a hyped power trip played out on the backs of a small scale business which actually is an exemplary project which should inspire big concerns like GAPinc instead of them pretending to be threatened

    • Divya Jhingran FOREST HILLS, NY
      • 9 months ago

      Because this is out and out bullying.

      • 9 months ago

      It's not enough that the Gap Inc exploit workers in sweatshops to make their clothes at a few cent a piece and sell them to brand concious teenager in the 1st world at a premium...they have to make sure to squeeze money out of NGOs who care about people and the environement as well?


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