Chicago, IL, United States (AHN) – Rapper T.I. is facing a major problem with his recently launched clothing line, Akoo. The recording artist and actor has recently been hit with a trademark lawsuit over the brand name of his clothing company, which was started just one year ago.
Bosses of Akoo International, a social music TV network, have stepped forward to declare that they exclusively own the rights to the name, adding that they have owned the trademark name for several years. The company executives have filed a lawsuit in the District Court of the Northern District of Illinois against T.I., real name Clifford Harris, Jr.
Akoo International wants the new line to immediately discontinue using the brand name Akoo, claiming that the fashion line has deceived customers and potential clients for the network.
Akoo CEO Niko Drakoulis says, “Akoo has been recognized as a leading social TV platform for connecting brand advertisers with millions of our engaged viewers.”
“Our primary obligation and goal is to prevent confusion among our consumers, which is among the most basic objectives of trademark law. At the same time, Akoo has invested nearly a decade of effort and substantial capital to deploy its network and will do everything in its power to protect its brand.”
This isn’t the first time that the rapper has been hit with a lawsuit. The “Why You Wanna” hitmaker was accused of copyright infringement after a suit was filed in January of 2010 claiming that his song “What You Know” used portions of a 2004 song titled “Reverence” by Nathan Filby, known as Motoe Blizzid.