Hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan have started a trademark infringement suit, after they discovered the similarly named dog walking company Woof-Tang Clan.
Marty Cuatchon, owner of Woof-Tang Clan, filed a trademark for the name in June 2017. This prompted Wu-Tang Clan member Robert Diggs to file an opposition to the application. Diggs claims that the dog walking company is unlawfully benefiting from the similarity of the band’s name. Wu-Tang Clan and Wu-Tang are trademarks owned by Diggs since 2009.
It’s not only the name of the company that is being questioned, but also the logo used on merchandise. Merchandise sold on the Woof-Tang clan website includes a T-shirt with “Old Dirty Bali – Return to the 36 Chambers,”; a direct reference to the deceased member of Wu-Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
Cuatchon declined to comment until he sought legal advice, but he would say that he thought his company was providing a good service. “I am a fan of the Wu-Tang Clan,” Cuatchon said. “We walk dogs. I thought it was a good idea.”