US: Innovention wins legal battle against MGA

Jury awards $1.6 million in damages to owner of patented laser board game.
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Innovention Toys has won a legal battle against MGA Entertainment in the US.

A Louisiana federal jury has awarded nearly $1.6 million in damages to the game company, owned by UCCS professor Michael Larson (pictured), reports The Colorado Springs Business Journal.

Innovention accused MGA Entertainment of copying its patented laser beam strategy board game, Khet. A five-year court case ensued.

Throughout the trial, retail sales of Khet were allowed to continue, while MGA had to stop selling its Laser Battle game.

“The verdict was a long time coming, but we’re gratified that the jury recognised that MGA copied our laser game,” said Larson, Khet developer and co-founder of Innovention.

Khet was reportedly first released in 2005, while MGA's game launched in 2006.

Larson said Khet was set to sell 100,000 units in 2011, around $3.4 million in sales.

Khet allows players to 'manipulate reflective and non-reflective pieces in conjunction with an on-board laser beam'.

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