Howell added: "Woof-Tang Clan would probably be the "underdog" in this trademark opposition case, as it's fair to assume RZA will have more money and specialised lawyers to act to protect the Wu Tang Clan trademark".
Wu-Tang Clan producer and rapper RZA, born Robert Diggs, has brought a Brooklyn-based dog-walking company to court for naming themselves Woof-Tang Clan, which he claims is "unmistakably linked" with the group and violates their trademark. The company, owned and operated by Brooklyn man Marty Cuatchon, claims to walk "the illest dogs in New York City" while also offering pet-sitting services.
Cuatchon, reached by phone Friday, told the Daily News he was aware of Diggs' trademark challenge.
The site also sold T-shirts with dogs inserted in iconic rap albums, such as Wu-Tang Clan member Old Dirty Bastard's solo 1995 album Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version and De La Soul's debut 1989 album 3 Feet High and Rising. "We walk dogs. I thought it was a good idea".
"I am a fan", he said. The dog-walker declined to comment further until he could seek legal advice.
Cuatchon is not the first to try and riff off Wu-Tang's fame.
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