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Barney Battling Dino-Buddy

May 5, 1993

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ The makers of Barney, the lovable toy dinosaur, claim a New Jersey company is illegally cashing in on its trademark.

Lyons Partnership of Allen, Texas, has gone to court to ban the sale of Dino-Buddy, a purple dinosaur doll marketed by Kids of America Corp. of Fairfield.

″Like Barney, the Dino-Buddies have purple bodies with a swath of green down their chest and stomach,″ said the lawsuit, filed April 23 in U.S. District Court.

″Like Barney, the Dino-Buddies have open mouths, a strip of white fabric around the edges of the mouth resembling teeth, and yellow toes.″

The company is seeking at least $100,000 for each alleged copyright violation and more money for damages for alleged unfair competition and trademark infringements.

Kids of America attorney Bruce Lederman declined to discuss the lawsuit.

Barney, who started out on video, is the brainchild of two Dallas-area educators and mothers. The ″Barney & Friends″ TV show has been a hit on public television.