Glock Settles Trademark Lawsuit with Austrian Sporting Arms

    Unbeknown to me, Glock filed a lawsuit against Austrian Sporting Arms and ISSC Handels GmbH and have just announced that they settled the case. This lawsuit and the settlement are very much the same as the H&K vs. ATI lawsuit.

    The ISSC M22 pistol

    From the press release …

    GLOCK, maker of the internationally-famous family of GLOCK pistols, has settled a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against Austrian Sporting Arms, Inc. (“ASA”) and ISSC Handels GmbH (“ISSC”). The lawsuit involved claims for trade dress infringement, trade dress dilution, and unfair competition based on ASA’s sales of a .22 caliber pistol known as the M22, which is manufactured in Austria by ISSC. GLOCK alleged in the lawsuit that the M22 has an appearance that is confusingly similar to the distinctive appearance and overall image of the GLOCK pistols. Without admitting liability, ASA and ISSC agreed to resolve the matter by redesigning the M22 to differentiate its appearance from the appearance of the GLOCK family of pistols, to cease further imports of the M22 until the redesign is complete, and to pay GLOCK an undisclosed amount. The specific terms of the settlement are confidential.

    While clearly patterned after the Glock there are significant differences, such as the slide safety and the external hammer, and so I am surprised that ASA were forced to settle.

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!