Bratz Verdict In

Designer created Bratz while at Mattel, jury says (pdf)

Mattel Inc., maker of the Barbie doll, won a jury verdict concluding a former employee made original drawings of MGA Entertainment Inc.’s Bratz dolls while working at Mattel.

A federal jury in Riverside, Calif., agreed yesterday that designer Carter Bryant made most of the first sketches of the pouty Bratz characters while he was employed by Mattel in 1999 and 2000. The verdict might clear the way for Mattel to seek damages for copyright infringement.