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Khet Wins $1.6 Million Verdict Against MGA

By November 21, 2012

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KhetScore one for the little guy. After a five-year legal battle, a jury found that toy industry titan MGA Entertainment (maker of Bratz dolls and Little Tikes toys) violated the patent of Innovention Toys' laser board game Khet. Innovention Toys won a $1.6 million judgment.

According to a report in the Colorado Springs Business Journal, the jury found that MGA "was liable for willful patent infringement." The jury reportedly deliberated for less than three hours before reaching its decision. Michael Larson, who created Khet with two of his students at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, said he was "gratified that the jury recognized that MGA copied our laser game."

Khet is a strategy game -- sort of a high-tech version of Chess -- in which players use lasers bouncing off angled mirrors to attack each other. It was first released in 2005. MGA's game Laser Battle was released in 2006.

The latest version of Khet, Khet 2.0, is now available. (Check out this great promo video for the game.) Khet is also available as an app for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

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Comments

November 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm
(1) Dave Dyer says:

Khet is also playable (in a authorized version) at Boardspace.net, both against real opponnets and robots.

November 27, 2012 at 6:01 am
(2) David says:

Khet has struggled since it came in to being. Not sure why. Some Board Games have all the right elements, but not the buzz.

December 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm
(3) drelbs says:

Khet is also available on iOS.

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