T.I. Hit With Lawsuit Over "Akoo" Trademark Infringement
T.I. was just released from prison less than a month ago and may have to return to court again to answer allegations regarding his Akoo Clothing line.
According to court documents, Akoo International- a social music television network has filed a complaint against T.I. and his Akoo clothing line for trademark infringement.
According to the lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Akoo International has held the trademark for “Akoo” for years.
Akoo International is a network that delivers technology allowing viewers to interact with programming on large screen, networked HDTV’s, using their mobile phones. The company also supplies video programming to over 86 million monthly customers via the Internet, shopping malls and universities in over 30 states.
“Akoo has been recognized as a leading social TV platform for connecting brand advertisers with millions of our engaged viewers,” said Akoo CEO Niko Drakoulis. “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.”
Although T.I.’s use of the name Akoo is really an acronym for his brand, “A King of Oneself”, the federally registered trademark is still being sued by Akoo International because the company claims that T.I.’s use of the name Akoo has misled, deceived, and confused consumers and potential clients.
The company also took action to defend their Akoo trademark when T.I.’s clothing line ran a controversial billboard advertisement in Newark, NJ, which was condemned by residents, as well as Mayor Cory Booker.