‘Get Off of My Cloud, and Bull’

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) – Counterfeit squeezy bull and cloud “stress relievers” are being sold out there, a company claims in a copyright complaint against a rival.
     Alpi International sued Prime Resources Corp. in Federal Court.
     Oakland-based Alpi claims it has been making and selling the “squeezy” foam toys since 1995. The “stress relievers,” bearing the company logo, are given away at trade shows and open houses and come in a wide variety of shapes and designs.
     Alpi claims Prime Resources based in Bridgeport, Conn., copied two of its designs: a bull and a cloud.
     Alpi asks the court to order Prime to stop selling the knockoff bulls and clouds.
     “Without Alpi’s advance knowledge or consent, Prime copied and utilized Alpi’s copyrighted designs in making, distributing and selling its own line of bulls and cloud stress relievers,” Alpi says in the complaint. “These products are virtually identical in design and appearance to the copyrighted ones previously designed, manufactured, distributed and sold by Alpi.”
     Alpi seeks destruction or delivery of the squeezies, disgorgement of unjust profits and damages for copyright infringement.
     It is represented by Nicholas Ranallo, of Boulder Creek.

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