Friday, June 13, 2008

More MGA vs Mattel News

More new in the MGA vs Mattel Case. As a toy designer and inventor, I find this case super important. Be aware of what you sign!

The former Barbie designer who created the iconic doll's successful rival, Bratz, testified that although he signed a contract giving Mattel rights to all his creations, he "did not much of an understanding" of it.

Bryant did two stints at Mattel, from 1995 to 1998 and from about from 1999 to 2000. He signed a confidentiality and inventions agreements both times, which gave Mattel rights to anything he created while working there.

"I don't know that I have that much of an understanding about it at the time," Bryant told the jury.

"I knew that other people in the company also did side projects. It was generally common knowledge."

MGA Chief Executive Isaac Larian, who preceded Bryant on the stand, testified that the original designs for Bratz were created during his eight-month hiatus from Mattel.

Mattel claims it owns Bratz because the drawings were made while Bryant was still under an employment agreement, in which he agreed "to communicate to the company as promptly and fully as practicable all inventions...during my employment by the company."

Read the rest at Toy News

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