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Shenzhenshi Haitiecheng Science and Technology Co. v. Rearden

Shenzhenshi Haitiecheng Science and Technology Co. v. Rearden

Today, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Judge Jon S. Tigar presiding, issued a statement of decision resolving a complex dispute over ownership of facial motion capture technology used in major motion pictures including Deadpool and Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast.

WVBR’s client, Rearden LLC, invented the groundbreaking technology.  As Judge Tigar concluded, however, a rogue Rearden employee took, and purported to sell, the technology to a third party that “was aware of [the employee’s] obligations to Rearden and knew that [the employee] was not the true owner.”  In other words, this was a theft of intellectual property, that required careful thinking and a relentless focus on the part of Rearden’s attorneys.

After trial, however, the verdict was clear: the Plaintiff/Intervenor “does not own the Mova Assets because Rearden owns them. . . . Rearden may take possession of the Mova
Assets forthwith.”  A copy of the statement of decision is available here.