The owner of Inspector Gadget Home Inspections, a Mineola company, hopes to prevail in a federal trademark infringement lawsuit filed by a Canadian corporation that owns the rights to the film and cartoon character.
“I chose the name 'Inspector Gadget Home Inspections' not because of a cartoon but because of the amount of equipment I use. I was the first home inspector on Long Island to use infrared technology” in home inspections, Carlos Roldan said.
“I got the idea because my customers kept calling me ‘Inspector Gadget,' " Roldan said.
He said he hopes to prevail in court.
“I don’t think they have a case against me. It’s not like I’m calling myself ‘SpongeBob.’ ”
In a complaint filed March 16 in the case, Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc., of Toronto, also made other charges. It said Roldan engaged in cybersquatting and unfair competition.
Roldan has the web addresses inspectorgadget.net, the lawsuit says. (He also has the address inspectorgadget.us.)
Cookie Jar also has trademarks to audiovisual media and other products for such famous names as Care Bears, Arthur, Strawberry Shortcake and Doodlebops.
Photo: Actor Matthew Broderick flies as the main character in the "Inspector Gadget" film..
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