November 9, 2013

Hasbro Settles Royalties Lawsuit with Super Soaker Inventor

Heads up to Reddit user mikejonas for this find. Lonnie Johnson, the inventor of the original Super Soaker, settled with Hasbro for nearly $73 million over a royalties dispute. According to proceedings, Johnson was due payment for designs in the Nstrike and Dart Tag lines, along with royalties on products visually similar to his water gun inventions.
Former NASA engineer and inventor Lonnie Johnson
Looking through his various patents, you can find that he patented the mechanisms behind the Magstrike and the Wildfire/Rapidfire 20, among many other things. Seems Lonnie invented a lot more things than we usually associate him with making.

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