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‘Air Bud’ Creator Claims|Pet Shop Infringed Marks

HACKENSACK, N.J. (CN) - A New Jersey pet-supply company kept using the trademarks of movie dog "Air Bud" after its license expired, the character's creator claims in Bergen County Superior Court.

Kevin DiCicco, creator of the basketball-playing golden retriever, claims he licensed the trademarks to Multipet International in 2004.

He also licensed Air Bud to the producers of a 1997 movie based on the hoops-loving pooch.

After Multipet's license expired on Jan. 31, 2006, the company allegedly continued to sell Air Bud-branded products without DiCicco's permission.

DiCicco wants Multipet to stop all unauthorized use of the mark and pay him all profits from sales of the allegedly infringing Air Bud products.

DiCicco is represented by Steven Schechter of Paramus, N.J.

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