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Woof-Tang Clan Hit with Trademark Infringement Claim by RZA

Robert Diggs, better known as RZA, has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a dog walking business named the Woof-Tang Clan. RZA is a member of the highly successful Wu-Tang Clan and claims that Woof-Tang Clan is “highly similar” to the Wu-Tang Clan in “sight, sound and commercial impression.” RZA also stated that Woof-Tang Clan “falsely suggests a connection” with Wu-Tang Clan and that is “likely to cause confusion, cause mistake, or to deceive consumers to falsely believe” that the dog walking company is associated with the rap collective.

Woof-Tang Clan owner Marty Cuatchon responded to the suit with little comment. However, he did say “I am a fan. We walk dogs. I thought it was a good idea.” The Woof-Tang Clan website used to sell T-shirts that parodied famous rap albums (see below). The shirts were all in good fun and an obvious parody protected under fair use law.

If you have a trademark infringement case, contact Thomas E. Patterson or Patterson Law Firm at tpatterson@pattersonlawfirm.com or (312)-223-1699.

ol dirty bastard

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