I know the story. This dog symbol is in a book of symbols that is eminent domain meaning anyone can take this dog and use it. It cannot be trademarked. Rocket dog went into this book of symbols took this dog design and jimmied it a little bit to make it their own design.
Duboce Park’s designer took the same dog out of the same symbols book (nothing to do with Rocket dog) because the cafe is across the street from a dog park. It represents the dog park.
This logo is eminent domain meaning it was taken out of a book of symbols make public that cannot be trademarked. Rocket dog took this logo out of the book of symbols, took the leash off the dog and jimmied the hair. This was never their original design. No theivery involved on DPC’s end. The DPC designer went into the book of symbols and took it directly from the book. The entire concept of Duboce Park Cafe is because it is across the street from a dog park.
Rocket Dog Shoes claims that their logo is a registered trademark, and the “TM” and “R” symbols that appear next to their logo advertise this claim wherever the logo appears. So if your claim that this logo appeared first in a royalty-free symbol book and that the original artist released it into the public domain, then Rocket Dog cannot legally trademark it and their trademark claim can be disputed.
If you provide a citation for this book and I can find it, I will post that fact.