Salman Khan turned 50 three days ago and the celebrations were huge! He also unveiled his online shopping platform on the day where his fans will be able to buy clothes and merchandise. It’s called khanmarketonline.com. The website is yet to begin operations but is open for registrations.
This has not gone down well with the Khan Market traders in Delhi. Its Association President Sanjiv Mehra has been quoted as saying:
We are a world-famous market. How can the actor use our market’s name for his portal? If he announces discount for merchandise on his portal, customers will turn up here and ask for the same. They are bound to be confused. Since the name Khan Market has been with us for ages we have a right on it.
The traders plan to approach the Delhi High Court on January 4. But legal expert Sanjay Upadhyay told a leading daily the following:
There is no trademark infringement in this case. There must be thousands of Khan Markets in the country. It is likely to be dismissed as a frivolous litigation if and when the case is filed.
Social Jurist Advocate Ashok Agarwal has an interesting point of view though:
There is no provision in the law for such claims. This will just give publicity to both the market and the portal.
People have way too much time on their hands now.