PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hasbro is hitting back in a lawsuit from a toy inventor's widow who says her husband invented The Game of Life.
The board game is one of the most popular in history, selling more than 30 million copies and being spun off into an iPhone app and other ventures.
In its first response to the lawsuit on Friday, Hasbro Inc. denies that toy inventor Bill Markham created or designed the game, and says his widow has no ownership interest in it.
Lorraine Markham sued Hasbro, saying it and another inventor worked together to cut her out of $2 million in royalties and possibly more. She has said she plans to terminate rights to the game.
The toy maker says in court papers that it owns copyrights to the game, not Markham.