Robinson Arms sues Remington, Magpul and others

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Solider system reports

Robinson Arms, manufacturers of the XCR have filed suit yesterday in US District Court for Utah against Remington, Bushmaster, Rock River Arms, and Magpul Industries based on alleged infingement of their patent (Multi-caliber ambidextrously controllable firearm #7,596,900) issued 6 October, 2009 and initially filed in August of 2003.

I will be sure to ask Robarms about this at SHOT (and they will be sure to tell me they cannot say anything for legal reasons).


The patent in question can be read after the jump.

[ Many thanks to jdun1911 for emailing me the link. ] (more…)

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  • DRod DRod on Jan 19, 2010

    To those claiming you can patent such a thing as modularity or some other broad scope of ideas, take a minute and research the Smart Parts patent fiasco that happened a couple of years ago in the paintball world.
    THAT was total BS. But legal just the same.
    Boobery like this can and will change things just like it did in paintball.

  • PatentAtty PatentAtty on Jan 28, 2010

    Unless you know what you are talking about, you really should not attack anyone. It's the same as in self defense. If you saw someone hitting a woman, would you shoot them? What happens if afterward you found out that they woman was a thief and shot someone? Unless you have at least some semblance of understanding of patent law, just remain silent on such issues.

    As Nill points out, the property rights of a patent are defined in the claims. This is a very limited patent on a particular magazine catch system. Infringement looks pretty close to me. In any case, dismissing this out of hand is wrong. Patents often take 3 or more years to obtain from the US Govt, and in this case took about 5 years. The inventors clearly put a lot of time into this, and saying that folks should be able to use their invention under some odd theory of "we are all gunny people" is wrong. Name your favorite firearms manufacturer and then ask whether they would sell what they do if they didn't make money at it. Endgame: this is a business just like any other, and theft of intellectual property should be treated like any other property theft. If we don't reward inventors for their ingenuity via patents, eventually they will throw in the towel.

    The Founders of our great nation would turn over in their graves if they heard the comments about patent rights being made here.