Mattel Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets in Latest Legal Salvo with MGA

Submitted by patentadmin on Mon, 09/27/2010 - 10:27

September 27, 2010 - In August, MGA Entertainment - the maker of the popular Bratz dolls - accused its rival Mattel of spying on competitors and stealing trade secrets for at least the past 15 years.

Earlier in the battle, Mattel alleged that MGA was stealing its trade secrets by hiring ex-Mattel employees, who then divulged their former employer's trade secrets to their new employer.

In July 2010, the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals overturned a December 2008 order that stated that Mattel should own the rights to most of MGA's Bratz doll line. Mattel now has to retry its claims to MGA's profits on the dolls.