Intellectual Property isn’t all transactional. And sometimes, it is actually really exciting.
The company claims they walk the “illest group of dogs in New York City” but unfortunately for them, RZA finds their name and logo are far too similar to his groups. Court records show that RZA and his attorneys believe their name and logo have been “unmistakably associated” with his group since their formation in Staten Island in 1993. And, even if they hadn’t done the right thing by registering for their trademarks, they have the rights to them as they were the first to use them in commerce.
Woof-Tang Clan filed for trademark registration in June of 2017, to which Wu-Tang Clan opposed, as they own multiple registrations. Some appear to be dead, but that won’t have an effect on the present case as they do have live registrations.
In an interview, Woof-Tang Clan’s owner, Marty Cuatchon, told The New York Daily News that he was fully aware of the challenge by the music group. He further stated that he was a fan of the group, that he walks dogs, and thought it was “a good idea.”
Prior to the suit, the Woof-Tang Clan website featured merchandise that was arguably meant to resemble aspects of the Wu-Tang Clan. T-shirts featuring a dog named Bali named Old Dirty Bali have since been taken down.
As it turns out, the name Woof-Tang Clan also belongs to an Alaskan sled dog team, but the USPTO website indicates it is currently live and registered to Woof-Tang Clan LLC of New York.
I am going to keep my eye on this case. I can’t wait to see how this one turns out!