Judge backs Mattel

Trial by jury scheduled for Mattel?s copyright-infringement claim against MGA Entertainment.
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A US district court judge agreed that Mattel’s 1999 agreement with former employee and Bratz designer, Carter Bryant, wasn’t ambiguous and that it could claim rights to work he did while at the firm.

Mattel claims that the former employee secretly took drawings of the Bratz design to MGA in 2000.

A verdict in Mattel’s favour will allow the firm to seek damages at a later trail.

Judge Stephen Larson, said: "The inventions agreement explicitly conveys to Mattel an employee's interest in any copyrights or copyright applications."

A jury trial is scheduled to begin on May 29th, 2008.


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The Copyrights Group is one of the licensing arms within The Vivendi Group. Acquired by Vivendi in 2016 Copyrights manages the licensing for a portfolio of properties to include Paddington Bear. Some of the other companies within the Vivendi Group include Universal Music Group, and their licensing arm Bravado, Gameloft and Studiocanal to name a few.