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WRAP IT UP, THEY'LL TAKE IT: NBA EYES LOGO INFRINGEMENT

          The NBA "has launched an investigation in an effort to
     determine whether a new fast-food restaurant -- called
     Wraptors -- is infringing on the Raptors' name, trademark
     and logo," according to Marty York of the Toronto GLOBE &
     MAIL.  The new establishment, which sells healthy tortilla
     wraps, opened near the team's home at SkyDome and its logo
     features a "front view of a dinosaur with an open mouth,
     flashing teeth," similar to the Raptors' logo.  NBA Dir of
     Sports Media Relations Chris Brienza said the restaurant "is
     not affiliated with the Raptors in any way.  Its existence
     has just come to our attention and we intend to find out
     more."  Wraptors Owner David Debono said he was "bothered by
     the whole thing because, while the name may sound the same,
     they're spelled differently."  More Debono: "Their raptor is
     mean-looking.  Ours has a conniving look.  Heck, Barney is a
     dinosaur, too.  The NBA could argue that Barney is
     infringing on them, too" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/23).
 
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