Glock Sues Importer of Zoraki M917

    Glock is suing Maxwell Corp, the importers of the Zoraki M917 blank firing pistol, for trade dress infringement.

    Zoraki M917, photo from

    Vico Confino has put up a website giving his side of the story and pleading with Glock to settle out of court. Vico says …

    MAXSELL CORP. has been sued by Glock, Inc in a lawsuit claiming that the M917 Zoraki is in violation of their trade dress protection. Maxsell countered that it disagrees and the M917 is a blank starter gun described in US Code as a non-gun. It has been approved by BATFE for sale in the USA. It is NOT a firearm. A trial will be held in Georgia, in front of a Georgia judge, prosecuted by Georgia attorneys and heard by a Georgia jury. I must hire a Georgia lawyer. I have spoken with a Glock attorney in an attempt to settle and he replied, “You have broken the law, and I will see that you are punished”. He went on to threaten me, “I do not like you and I am going to destroy you”. I tried to negotiate with another Glock attorney and he said, “I am going to sue you personally”. He did on July 28, 2012. (more legal fees) I was sent an email by a third Glock attorney who said, that my comments were “false, retaliatory and actionable”. (more legal fees) The Glock attorneys have already billed $28,000 in legal fees and have not made one bonafide attempt to make a demand or settle. I have spent 25 years of my life in building a Better Business Bureau Rated A+ company. At 79, they cannot hurt me anymore than they already have. My physical and mental health is being destroyed. I cannot eat, I cannot sleep or eat a decent meal. I am on medication for depression and cannot enjoy my family life.

    I cannot see how anyone could confuse the Zoraki M917 with a Glock. The manufacturer seems to have gone to great lengths to ensure that it would not be confused with a Glock. To me it looks like a pistol with the same ergonomics as a Glock, nothing more. Nobody is going to walk into a gun shop looking to buy a 9mm Glock and walk out with a blank firing replica thinking they have bought a Glock.

    In 2010 Glock sued Austrian Sporting Arms and ISSC Handels GmbH for trade dress infringement. It was settled out of court.

    Steve Johnson

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