If you're a fan of the rap group the Wu-Tang Clan and start a dog walking service, what might you name it?
Try this on for size: Woof-Tang Clan . . . ?
That's exactly what Marty Cuatchon, a self-proclaimed Wu-Tang Clan fan, did when he started his dog walking service in New York City. Cuatchon told the New York Daily News: “I am a fan. . . . We walk dogs. I thought it was a good idea.” He then filed a trademark application for the business name in June 2017.
And now Robert Diggs, otherwise known as Wu-Tang Clan founder and rapper "RZA," has filed a trademark opposition against the Woof-Tang Clan filing, claiming it violates existing Wu-Tang Clan trademarks. Or, as only the iconic New York Daily News can summarize it: "Wu-Tang Clan member RZA launched into a legal dogfight Friday, accusing a pooch-pampering company in Brooklyn of ripping off his group’s name."
In addition to the business name, Woof-Tang Clan also sells t-shirts on its website referencing the rap group. One shirt features the phrase "Return to the 36 Chambers," which happens to be the name of Wu-Tang member Ol' Dirty Bastard's debut album.