T.I. could end up in court again to defend himself against trademark allegations put against his Akoo Clothing line.
Akoo International promotes itself as the world’s largest social music television network. The company filed a complaint against T.I. and Akoo in the United States District Court, claiming trademark infringement.
According to the lawsuit, Akoo International has held the trademark for “Akoo” for years.
Akoo International delivers 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.”
Akoo International claims T.I.’s use of the name Akoo has mislead and confused consumers.
No word yet on if T.I. will actually have to go to court.