Woof-Tang Clan Runs Into Predictable Legal Trouble

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 23, 2017

His company offers dog-sitting services, with their advertisements saying that staff are "courteous and responsible, as long as we're in agreement that Nas' Illmatic is the greatest album of all time".

The trademark application filed by the Woof-Tang Clan on June 8 is a violation of the multiple registrations already owned by the Wu-Tang Clan, the court papers said, according to the New York Daily News.

On the Woof-Tang Clan's website, owner Marty Cuatchon showcases his fandom by selling a T-shirt that displays a dog named Bali on a blue-and-yellow identification card. "We walk dogs, I thought it was a good idea", he told the News. RZA's lawsuit was filed on 15 November, stating that the Brooklyn company's name is "highly similar" to Wu-Tang's mark and "falsely suggests a connection".

Cuatchon declined to comment on the legal issues, but expressed to the New York Daily News that he knew of the lawsuit: "I am a fan..." In his lawsuit, the Wu-Tang rapper and producer accuses the Woof-Tang Clan of violating his group's trademarks.

If ripping off Wu-Tang's name wasn't enough, Cuatchon also used his company's website to sell t-shirts depicting pooches on classic hip-hip albums, one featuring a nod to late Wu Tang member 'Ol Dirty Bastard's debut album "Return to the 36 Chambers".

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