Carter Bryant told the Federal Court that he saw nothing wrong with pitching an idea for the urban-style fashion dolls while working as a Barbie designer at Mattel, or enlisting fellow employees to help him create models of the product.
However, he said it “was a general rumour” that some Mattel employees ‘moonlighted’ with other toy manufacturers to earn extra money.
He continued to explain that he made colour tracing based on original Bratz drawing, made in 1998, in order to pitch the concept to other firms and to an agency that represents artists.
"I didn't think there was anything wrong with it because I didn't know if anything would come about from sending some drawings out," Bryant said. "My idea is that if something came about with this that I would leave and work on this."
He said he did not pitch Bratz to Mattel, and had no intention of creating a doll line to compete with Mattel's Barbie.
"I don't think I understood at the time that MGA was a competitor of Mattel," Bryant continued. "I knew they were a toy company. I didn't know how big they were."
"I didn't think it was any big deal to create some pitch materials."