Artist Awarded $1.8M In Barbie Trademark Case

Law360, New York (June 29, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has awarded an artist $1.8 million in legal fees from toy maker Mattel Inc. in a trademark lawsuit concerning artwork that incorporated photographs of Barbie dolls.

In his ruling, Judge Ronald S. W. Lew of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California said that Mattel’s "sophisticated counsel" should have know that the suit was "objectively unreasonable and frivolous."

The order characterized Mattel's claim of trademark infringement as "groundless and unreasonable."

"Instead it appears plaintiff forced defendant into costly litigation to...
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