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February 2020

Partner Richard Sybert Scores Unanimous Jury Victory in Copyright Infringement Trial

Against highly restrictive claims and evidence rulings by the court, partner Richard Sybert scored an upset unanimous jury victory on February 20 in a copyright infringement trial in federal court in Los Angeles for client Lanard Toys.

Lanard toy motorcycle engine infringment Lanard, a global Hong Kong toymaker with a design center in California, sued New York toy importer Dimple Child for dealing in a “knockoff” infringing version of a light-and-sound take-apart toy motorcycle engine. Despite being limited to a single claim and only three witnesses (including the defendant) and no experts, Sybert was able to persuade an eight-person federal jury to award both actual and statutory damages two-and-a-half times the defendant’s gross revenue and twenty-five times its profits from the infringing toy.

Sybert was aided by a superb support team including partners Reid Dammann and Benni Amato, associate Yan Ren, and paralegal Rafer Weaver.

Sybert is a senior partner and Co-chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. He has a national and international practice representing and counseling major U.S. and foreign businesses in complex litigation and arbitration in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies.

Yuo-Fong Amato
Reid E. Dammann
Yan Ren
Richard P. Sybert