Kalashnikov Registers Its Trademarks, Plans on Enforcing IP

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The AK has been copied and cloned so long that there are clones (Vektor R4) of copies (IWI Galil) of copies (Valmet Rk 62) of the original design. Kalashnikov wants to avoid this going forward and a press release sent out yesterday can be interpreted as a clear warning to would-be trademark infringers …

(Moscow, Russia) September 10, 2015 – OJSC Concern Kalashnikov today announced the successful registration of trademarks Калашников/Kalashnikov in the Russian Federation. These trademarks were issued by Rospatent (the Russian Patent Office) in August 2015 and cover the production of firearms and ammunition.

The registration of these trademarks is the first step in a comprehensive, worldwide strategy to consolidate the global intellectual property rights of Concern Kalashnikov.

“The registration of the trademarks Калашников/Kalashnikov in Russia is an historic event for our company and the start of our efforts to consolidate and protect the legendary weapons brand both in Russia and abroad,” said Concern Kalashnikov CEO Alexey Krivoruchko. – We are in the process of formalizing ownership of trademarks across several key product classes throughout the world and will aggressively prosecute those brand pirates who attempt to illegitimately profit our brand.”

Trademarks are an essential indicator of quality and aid the buyer to find the genuine article. The Kalashnikov name is known throughout the world as a symbol of engineering and design excellence. Its development at IZHMASH (now Concern Kalashnikov) is also well known and its intellectual property rights will now be protected.

“Kalashnikov is a renowned global name and this registration is a great first step in the protection of its brand,” said corporate reputation management expert Patrick Jephson. – Like other global brands such as Cartier or Apple, pirates will attempt to illegitimately profit from such an established reputation and in the process damage and dilute the strength of its brand. Concern Kalashnikov can now take firm actions against pirate production and build the long-term value of its brand.”

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Lurpy Lurpy on Sep 12, 2015

    This isn't about the design of the weapon. There'd be no way to successfully prosecute a patent at this point--even if they hadn't been allowing use of the design for the last 70 years, patents are generally only good for 20 years, so it'd be long done. This only deals with Kalashnikov trademarks. So every gun manufacturer can still build AKs, they just can't call them Kalashnikovs (and may not be able to call them AKs, depending on the language of the trademark; that would also be a question of whether the term is in common use to describe a particular design of firearm).

  • Ghost930 Ghost930 on Sep 15, 2015

    I'm sure the Eastern European countries that are making AK "clones" are more worried about Russia actually invading them versus their lawyers invading demanding patent payments. Let's see how they do with their Chinese buddies who have been making the things for years, not to mention Poland, Romania, East Germany, Egypt, Iraq, Pashtun tribesman in caves in the Kush, Finland, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc. Good try at replacing the embargo money Vladamir, but probably no cookie on this one.