Benihana Wants the U.S. Patent Office to Deny Rapper’s Application to Trademark the Name ‘Benny Hunna’
Mississippi rapper Benny Hodges is currently up against the Florida-based teppanyaki chain Benihana in a legal battle over the right to trademark his would-be stage name, “Benny Hunna,” because the chain alleges that the similarity would create “confusion in the marketplace,” reports TMZ.
The now-global Japanese fusion franchise was originally founded by wrestler-turned-restaurateur Hiroaki "Rocky" Aoki, who is the father of seven children including model Devon Aoki and Dim Mak Records CEO Steve Aoki.
Now, protectors of the Benihana legacy have reportedly challenged Hodge’s application to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, which would surely get in the way of the rapper’s alleged plans to “build an entertainment empire called Benny Hunna TV.”
At 290 Twitter followers and a scant 490 views on his latest music video, Hodges has a long way to go, but we wish him well on his road to building his Benny Hunna entertainment empire.