Toy Patent Lawsuit Ends In Favor Of Colorado Professor

November 26, 2012

A company headed by a Colorado professor who invented a strategy board game has won a $1.6 million patent infringement verdict.

The Gazette reported that Michael Larson developed a game call Khet, a strategy board game using lasers and mirrors.

Larson and two of his former students at Tulane University own Innovention Toys LLC, based in New Orleans. Larson now works at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Innovention prevailed in a patent infringement against MGA, Wal-Mart Stores and Toys R Us. A federal court in New Orleans found that MGA’s Laser Battle game, sold through the two retailers, infringed on Innovention’s patent for Khet.

Larson told The Gazette that the patent ruling was “an important battle” but that the jury verdict will barely cover legal fees.

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  • November 27, 2012 at 10:21 am
    Bob Fletcher says:
    I'm always sorry to read stories like the above indicating that a small inventor did not recieve just reward for his invention because of high patent enforcement costs. The un... read more
  • November 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm
    UCT says:
    While in college, one of my professors sued Microsoft over a patent infringement for a component of their operating system. His "win" didn't cover his attorney fees. So much f... read more
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