Was this ad the undoing of the GSG-5?

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Advocate posted this comment on my blog post about the H&K / ATI lawsuit

I really think its important to remember that they sued over trademark and trade dress infringement … not patent infringement. Very different things.

Add to that the fact that ATI openly claimed it to be a MP5 lookalike:

Add to that the fact that HK can absolutely smother them in legal fees and you have a no win situation for ATI.

Love them or hate them i feel HK had the legal right to pursue this course.

… i’m just glad i got my gsg-5 long ago 😉

I had forgotten about that advertisement.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Joe Joe on Nov 06, 2009

    this case only effects the usa gsg are free to sale to europe and elesware

  • Kwesi Kwesi on Nov 28, 2009

    PK stands for Pistole Kompakt (Pistol Compact).
    It is hard to copyright the fact that it is a compact machine pistol, and oh by the way HK's patent expired how many years ago (The MP5 came out in 1966).