Patents

TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #64: Discussing Gun Patents with an Intellectual Property Lawyer

A lot of you here on TFB have closely followed various court cases over the years as we’ve reported them to you. In recent memory, there have been lawsuits between optics companies, and firearms manufacturers alike. Recently the TFB Podcast was reached out to by our guest today Mr. Dan Evans who not only reads TFB but has a particular interest in these specific topics – because it’s literally his job. Dan is an attorney who works for an Intellectual Property law firm and today he’s here to help walk us through the intricacies of patents and give us some insight as to how, and why various companies may want to sue one another over any alleged intellectual property violations. If you’ve been following the GWACs v KE Arms Lawsuit or the more recent Glock v Polymer80 case, this is a great episode to get a general understanding of how and why these processes take place.

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KE Arms Seeking Publically Disclosed Info in GWACS Armory/KP-15 Trial

Most of you here already know that KE Arms is knee-deep in a court battle over the design of the KP-15 monolithic polymer lower receiver. While KE Arms will not ask for direct support in the form of direct donations, they are indeed seeking the help of the 2nd Amendment community via purchases from their website. They are also now seeking information from current or former GWACS customers who have had communications with the company that were not disclosed during the discovery phase (the trial phase where both sides exchange information about the witnesses and evidence that they will present at trial). It is because of this fact that KE Arms is requesting that anyone with communications with GWACS Armory regarding product improvements, manufacturing information, or product improvement suggestions for the CAV-15 lower forward this info to KE Arms. It is hoped that these communications between GWACS and its customers will help KE Arms in their ongoing battle over alleged infringements regarding the KP-15 design. Full details directly from KE Arms are below.

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GWACS vs KE Arms Litigation Goes to Trial After Failed Resolution

Back near the end of July 2022, we reported to you from KE Arms that the company was being sued by GWACS Armory over alleged patent and IP theft in regards to the KE-Arms KP-15 Monolithic Polymer Lower. While KE Arms has been attempting to work towards a resolution with GWACS Armory, it seems that these efforts have failed and that this lawsuit will now go to trial. Russel Phagan of KE Arms recently reached out to us with a public statement on this development surrounding the ongoing lawsuit and we’ve posted it below for your convenience.

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GWACS Armory Sues KE Arms Over KP-15 Lower

The KP-15 monolithic polymer lower receiver has been a great success. The KP-15 provides regular citizens with an affordable and fairly durable lower receiver that is also lightweight to boot and reduces the total number of individual parts needed to complete an AR-15 rifle. In a bit of recent news, GWACS Armory has made the decision to sue Russel Phagan, Brownells, and Shawn Nealon (inventor of the original CAV-15) for alleged NDA and trade secret violations in regards to the KP-15. In total, 5 different parties are being sued by GWACS. In response, Russell has made the decision to address these allegations both publically and in official court documents with supporting documents that have been filed and are now public. Russel has given TFB permission to publish these documents in the hopes that they will shed light on the situation so that the KP-15 project, which he believes directly supports the rights of all free people to be armed, can continue. The full statement is posted below, if you are interested in reading Russell’s full declaration made to the court,  you can read that here. KE Arms is also offering a 25% off discount code on all KP-15 and KP-9 receivers ordered through KEARms.com (use code: ‘DEFEND2A25’) which will no doubt go to support their continued efforts.

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Runnin Guns: The Great Geissele Fed Gun Bucket

Every community has its hot-button words. Words that when they pop up in a headline or, say, a patent, rational minds storm out the door; any willingness to ask clarifying questions in tow. In this community, two of those words are “Database” and “Government”. I witnessed some of this reactionary fervor start to simmer recently when someone was rummaging around on google patent search and turned up this filing from Geissele:

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An MP7-Style PDW in 300 BLK? A Crye Patent Suggests So!

Searching for firearm patents online can be an interesting way to spend one’s time. It offers a deeper insight into known models and, sometimes, it offers some rather pleasant surprises. One of such events happened to a reader, who tipped us about a patent for a PDW-style firearm recently granted to inventor Caleb Crye, of Crye Precision fame.

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SIG Files Lawsuit Against Springfield For Patent Infringement

The firearms industry is certainly not one unfamiliar with the occasional lawsuit. A good deal of proprietary information goes into gun design and production, so most companies are understandably protective of their patents and other intellectual property. From time to time, this can lead manufacturers of firearms and accessories to sue each other over infringements on their protected work. Some examples (among many others) of previous lawsuits upon which TFB has reported are below.

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The Quest For The Low Bore Axis: A Novel Italian Approach

A couple of years ago we had a look at a few different semiautomatic pistols pursuing the reduction of the bore height over the hand. Among several commercial models, we saw a couple of promising prototypes from different periods. While these were highly innovative, they still kept a relatively traditional configuration. What we have here is a novel approach to muzzle rise reduction, developed over the course of several years by an Italian inventor.

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Glock Prevails in Lawsuit After More Than Six Years

Glock is no stranger to a good lawsuit. For many years now, this titan of the handgun world has made repeated headlines for a smorgasbord of litigation. They’ve filed suit against others, they’ve been sued, and numerous times members (or former members) of the operation have even gone after each other. Thankfully, TFB TV’s own James “Not Disbarred Yet” Reeves has thus far avoided a lawsuit target for leaving his G17 out in the rain earlier this year. All the way back in 2014, the Austrian-based firm sued an airsoft company over unlicensed replicas. Six and a half years later, this lawsuit has finally concluded, as detailed in the following press release.

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Trijicon Fires Back Re: Lawsuit Settlement with Holosun

If you’re a regular TFB reader, you will likely already be aware of the lawsuit that Trijicon filed against Holosun earlier this year. In short, the lawsuit alleged that Holosun infringed on Trijicon’s “Optical Sight” patent, #US8443541B2. You will likely also know that the suit has already been settled and that Holosun recently released a statement about it. This statement was exceedingly brief and general, and mentioned that “…terms of the settlement were not disclosed.” Now with a September 8th press release, copied below, Trijicon has issued their own decidedly brief statement on the matter. There is one interesting point in it that seems to color the resolution with a markedly different perspective.

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Holosun and Trijicon Announce Lawsuit Settlement

Competition in the firearms and firearms accessories market benefits consumers. It stands to reason, right? One of the best ways for a company to earn your business and make you a customer is to put out superior products. If they produce something that you want to buy more than you want to buy a different manufacturer’s comparable offering, they win your business – and in the process, you also win by virtue of improvements and innovations to which you gain access. Another option for a company to make themselves and their products more attractive is to sell them at a lower price point. Most consumers are mindful of their spending; they have to be judicious about how many of their dollars they are willing to relinquish and to whom for what. Buyers in general want good value – some of which will involve the quality and features of the product in question, but cost combines with other considerations to comprise a comprehensive value proposition. It’s not enough just to make a product; you have to sell it at a price that people are both able and willing to pay. Trijicon and Holosun both understand these precepts well, and they recently locked horns over how one another was going about their business.

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Purdue and US Army Develop Explosive for Nontoxic Ammo

The U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command plays an important role in guiding the future of our warfighters’ lethality and survivability. Their mission statement is “To provide the research, engineering, and analytical expertise to deliver capabilities that enable the Army to deter and, when necessary, decisively defeat any adversary now and in the future.” To this end, they engage in scientific pursuits like advancements in weaponry, exploring quantum communication, improving electronic warfare effectiveness, and working on new ways to purify water in the field. At the heart of these endeavors lies the Army Research Laboratory. These military scientists have been responsible for many breakthroughs in areas such as grenade-launched drones and better 3D printing. Now they have teamed up with academic scientists at Purdue University to develop lead-free explosive material that could be used to produce nontoxic ammo, as announced in a July 16th press release from Purdue.

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US Army Research Brings Tough Polymer to Low-Cost 3D Printers

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory (CCDC ARL),  has developed a novel type of polymer filament. This is said to be capable of offering the performance of injection molded ABS on components printed with low-cost extrusion 3D printers. This advancement may achieve the goal of providing troops with the means of manufacturing, fast and inexpensively, vital parts in the field, instead of waiting for long delivery lead times.

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P320 News: SIG SAUER Wins Patent Infringement Case from Steyr Arms

The legal and leadership team at SIG Sauer have announced a victory today in a patent infringement case brought forth by Steyr Arms. The claim, as described in a complaint filed in the Northern District of Alabama in 2017 had previously alleged that SIG infringed on Steyr’s patent #6,260,301. The “301“ patent claim took aim at the plastic frame and metal trigger housing module that is characteristic of the SIG P250 and P320 handguns.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Watches, Cards And Phones – Discreet Carry

“Hand over your watch!” Why certainly, Mr. Burglar. That’s the headline for an article in Popular Science magazine from December 1917. It’s proofed that some things never change, even after 101 years. If you’re approached by a mugger and you’ve got a nice watch, he’s going to want it. Leonard Woods of St. Louis, MO, knew this, so he designed a pocket watch with some firepower inside of it.

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Discreet Ballistics Patents a First Round Pop Reduction System

A little over a year ago, we wrote about the Discreet Ballistics PopStop which is a barrel mounted valve and a CO2 cartridge system designed to inject a non-flammable gas into the suppressor replacing the oxygen inside the can thus eliminating the phenomenon of the first round pop. Back then, the PopStop was patent pending. Lately, Discreet Ballistics has announced that the patent ( US 10,145,636 B2) has been issued.

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BREAKING: Federal Judge Blocks Release Of 3D-Printed Gun Blueprints

After a drawn out battle, Defense Distributed was set to release blueprints tomorrow that could used to manufacture 3D Printed Guns. That is until a Federal Judge just issued a restraining order to block the release of the gun blueprints, according to the Associated Press.

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TFB's INNOVATORS FRIDAY: Greg Latka And GSL Technology Suppressors

More than 30 years ago, Greg Latka, the founder of GSL Technology, decided to switch gears from a focus primarily on the aerospace industry towards following his passion – designing and building suppressors and other firearm parts. Ever since then, Latka and GSL engineered and manufactured some of the most popular silencer models sold in U.S. history, putting quiet combinations in the hands of tens of thousands of shooters across the country. If you’ve ever been to a stocking FFL/SOT NFA dealer, chances are you’ve seen or even held a GSL build.

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[SHOT 2018] Radetec RSO-Controlled Live-fire System

At SHOT Show 2018 TFBTV’s Corey Wardrop looks at new developments in range technologies with Radetec Firearms Technologies.

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[SHOT 2018] Axeon Scopes' Second Zero

At SHOT Show’s 2018 Day at the Range, TFBTV’s Corey Wardrop discusses prism technology with inventor John Baker at the Axeon Scopes booth.

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[SHOT 2018] Skoped Vision by Phone Skope

TFBTV’s Corey Wardrop certifiably geeks out over emergent technology with Cheston at Phone Skope. Unlike previous offerings from the company, which primarily consisted of phone attachments to spotting scopes, Skoped Vision attaches directly to (and in a way – in between) a rifle scope.

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John Browning's Contemporaries: The Guns of T.C. Johnson

The late 1800s and early 1900s are undoubtedly a period of American firearms design dominated by one man, John Moses Browning. But many of Browning’s contemporaries were no less able and men like Andrew Burgess, William Mason, John Pedersen, Frank Burton and T.C. Johnson were all responsible for ingenious and important designs.

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SureFire Unveils Cost-Effective 2211-series Signature Rechargeable LED WristLight

Tactical flashlights worn on the wrist, known as wristlights by SureFire, have continued to develop since TFB first reported on them in 2013. At that time, the adornment was little more than a flashlight with a max output of 180 lumens with a steep initial price of $495. That particular light-only variant evolved significantly in both quality and consumer price – now seen on SureFire’s website for $169.

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Timney Triggers Donates $500,000 to Cody Firearms Museum Renovation

On November 8th, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the organization that houses the excellent Cody Firearms Museum, announced that Timney Triggers has decided to donate $500,000 to CFM’s reconstruction effort.

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Gun Trivia: Why Is A Tire Called A Tire?

Here’s a bit of trivia fun for you.

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Invest In & Own Part of a Gun Company?… Ideal Conceal Now Accepting Investors

Ideal Conceal has been out of the public spotlight for a little while now. That is not to say they have diminished or gone away. They merely have been focusing on getting their cellphone pistol to market and fine-tuning their firearm. They have developed several prototypes and are nearing completion of a final product. As that time draws more near each passing day all of us who follow the firearms industry are presented with a unique opportunity. Would you like to invest in a gun company?

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Roden's Patent Improved Snider: An Interesting and Rare Early Locking Breech

1864: The British government adopts (American) Jacob Snider’s breech-loading conversion for the P-1853 musket, with first issue in 1866. It uses a cutting-edge brass cartridge.

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Colt Model 1907: Illustrating the U. S. Military's Precedent for a Safety

In recent days, Glock’s reveal of their MHS submission has caused quite a bit of hand-wringing in comments sections across the internet – specifically regarding the uncharacteristic safety. This particular case falls outside my knowledge or experience (or desire) to comment on, but it’s hardly the first time the U.S. military has required such a thing.

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Magpul Wants To Save Your Skin – Suppressor Heat Shield Patent

One of these days I am going to ask a company like Cole-Tac to make me a suppressor cover for one of my rimfire silencers – for the mere fact that it just might look tacticool in pictures. If we are talking about rapid fire or precision rifle cans, however, a heat shield or a mirage cover is a practical necessity. Polymer giant Magpul as obviously noticed the market for quality heat resistant wraps and has recently applied for a patent for a suppressor heat shield and assembly.

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The Powder Goes In Front of the Bullet: The Curious Case of the Greene Underhammer

There’s probably a simple reason why the 900 some-odd Green Underhammer bolt action rifles bought by the U.S. Ordnance Department in the late 1850s/early 1860s weren’t very popular: dumb grunts like me couldn’t figure them out.

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