Score 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.
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