Patenting a cartridge dimensions?


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RooK
August 25, 2004, 10:24 PM
Is it possible? Can you say, shorten a .308 1/8", call it the .30 Whopper and then patent it and prevent anyone else from chambering barrel for a cartridge of the same size? The reason I bring this up is a discussion over the 6.5 Grendel and obtaining a barrel for it. Check this out: http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=12&t=198588

Is there any way this is even possible? I thought you could only trademark a cartridge name and that is it... I've seen it done with the .45 Super and then Triton's nock off as well as the .300 Whisper and the .300 Fireball, both are essentially the same sold under another name. Is anyone here a patent lawyer or know one that has the answer? I think Not_A_Llama with his 'novel idea' comment is right on the ball. So, who has the answer?

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Not_A_Llama
August 26, 2004, 01:45 AM
I, for one, think that N_A_L guy is a darn smart guy, with all the answers.

I may be somewhat biased.

patentmike
August 26, 2004, 06:55 AM
Maybe
http://patimg2.uspto.gov/.piw?Docid=05463959&homeurl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetacgi%2Fnph-Parser%3FSect2%3DPTO1%2526Sect2%3DHITOFF%2526p%3D1%2526u%3D%25252Fnetahtml%25252Fsearch-bool.html%2526r%3D1%2526f%3DG%2526l%3D50%2526d%3DPALL%2526S1%3D5463959.WKU.%2526OS%3DPN%2F5463959%2526RS%3DPN%2F5463959&PageNum=&Rtype=&SectionNum=&idkey=0B920E401259

Henry Bowman
August 26, 2004, 09:37 AM
Yes, but only if the new cartridge is new, useful, and nonobvious. Most choose not to patent this type of innovation because:

1) It's hard enough to successfully introduce a new caliber or chambering and have it widely embraced -- without it also being single source.

2) If it is patented (single source or inflated cost due to added royalty) and not widely embraced, then you may not sell enough of them to warrant the cost of obtaining a patent in the U.S. or abroad (much more costly).

3) If you allow it to be open source (public domain) you can name it such that your competitors acknowledge your innovation (.25 or .45ACP= Colt Automatic Pistol; .40 S&W; .45GAP= Glock Automayic Pistol; etc).

db4
August 26, 2004, 04:06 PM
Entirely possible... and mostly useless. Example from the 1930's: let's neck the .250 Savage to .22. Someone (Gerry Gebby?) patented his version as the ".22 Varminter"(TM) and tried to enforce it. The result was a lawsuit or two and virtually no .22 Varminters; everybody else changed a dimension slightly, called it a .22-250 and carried on. And how about the revolutionary and patented .223BOZ? Seeing lots of those?

Reality is that patent protection, like other gov't. "protection" is mostly illusory. It gives you grounds for legal action, and when you win, you get a piece of paper that says the other guy has to cease and desist and/or pay you. Every bit as effective as that restraining order that keeps you safe from the bad guy. Now you can get your lawyer to collect, if there is anything to collect from. Only people that always win in the patent game are...patent attorneys.


:banghead:

steveno
August 26, 2004, 06:54 PM
look in P.O Ackley's reloading handbook and it is possible that even you weren't the first to come up with this cartridge.

patent
August 26, 2004, 07:16 PM
Is it possible? Can you say, shorten a .308 1/8", call it the .30 Whopper and then patent it and prevent anyone else from chambering barrel for a cartridge of the same size? The reason I bring this up is a discussion over the 6.5 Grendel and obtaining a barrel for it. Check this out: http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.ht...12&t=198588

It is possible to patent a cartridge dimensions. I think it would be rather hard though, and I would hesitate to tell my clients that I could do it. I searched at the PTO quickly, I do not see an issued patent on the Grendel. Obviously I haven't done an extensive search, but I doubt there is a patent on this.

It could be trademarked, but that means something very different. The thread you linked to has a lot of misinformation on what AA can prohibit others from doing, at least if all they have is a trademark. Interestingly enough, I also was unable to find a trademark on the name "Grendel" for use with firearms, cartridges, bullets, etc. It is possible, of course, that AA has a Tm in it anyway through use.

re patenting cartridges, you made me curious, so I did a quick search. There's U.S. No. 3,952,657 for a "Rifle Cartridge". Also a U.S. No. 5,275,108, a "Match-grade rifle cartridge with improved components"

Abstract

Aerodynamic cartridge and bullet combination in which the bullet is provided with a substantially smooth, edge-free contour, and a heel having rebated boat tail. An upright wall in the cartridge is attached to the boat tail by crimping. The cartridge houses a radially expandable wad which is arranged between the bullet and a propellant. The wad permits use of harder bullets than conventionally employed in ammunition by ensuring an effective gas seal between the propellant and bullet, and heel swage out or minimal heel deformation depending on wad configuration during burning of the propellant. Etches are provided in the bullet for receiving a long-chain polymeric lubricant coating which reduces leading in the rifle barrel.

Also U.S. No. 6,776,101 for a "Fragmenting bullet :"


Abstract A bullet that has a controlled fragmentation on impact with a target. The bullet includes a generally cylindrical body having a nose, a mid-portion and a heel. The body includes an aperture that starts at the nose, extends past the mid-portion of the bullet and ends near the heel of the bullet. The aperture also includes ay least one scored area along the sides of the aperture and extending along at least some or all of the aperture. The heel portion includes a scored area that terminates at a location that aligns with the scored area along the sides of the aperture in the bullet.
There are a whole bunch more. They all seem to concern a particular structure or way of making the cartridge rather than a calibler. That makes sense to me, because as others have posted, patenting a caliber only guarantees no one else will make it.

RooK
August 26, 2004, 09:03 PM
Thanks for the replies. I'm still pressing them for facts. You ask for proof, all you get is a misguided hand, "it isn't ours to say, ask them," or some other BS about illegal activites. No one over there has yet to provide some form of evidence showing that the cartridge is, in fact, patented.

WalkerTexasRanger
August 26, 2004, 10:22 PM
I dont recall anywhere in the thread over at ar15.com that anyone specifically said the cartridge IS patented. You and N-A-L both have been wanting proof of a patent, when nobody ever specifically stated there is a patent.

Protection for AA yes, trademark, yes. The attorneys here should comment on what happens if a manufacturer/gunsmith chambers a barrel 6.5 youknowwhatthisis, and represents to the customer that it will use, "wink,wink" Grendel ammo, brass, and dies. Is this, or is this not, a trademark infringement?

I do think, it would not be illegal for an individual to chamber his own barrel in 6.5 Grendel, but when a mfg/smith does this for a profit, an infringement has occurred.

Attorneys......

Jonathan
August 26, 2004, 11:31 PM
I don't see how you could get into trouble for producing Grendel-standard items.

If that was an issue, aftermarket parts for many different items just wouldn't be legally feasible.

On the other hand, you would have to be careful that you weren't pushing the name too much: "www.GRENDEL-UPPERS.com" with plenty of ambiguous marketing could get you into trouble.

TX65
August 27, 2004, 12:12 AM
You cannot patent a boxer primed centerfire cartridge as they have been around for well over 100 years,,, and as Walker Texas Ranger has stated, you and NAL have kept asking for a patent number when no one has said it is patented. However, you can trademark the name of a cartridge and if it is submitted to SAAMI, they can accept it and standardize it under that name (example 6.5-08 becomes the .260 Remington) which in the case of SAAMI, the members of SAAMI accept it under that name. There is no legal requirement in the USA that a cartridge be submitted to SAAMI since it is an industry association, not a government body.

The point of the discussion on AR15.com, which you have migrated to this forum, is that a manufacturer or business can be held liable for infringing on a trademarked name or on a patented design since they are doing it for financial gain. Yes, Alexander Arms would have to pursue legal action and like many companies, they have made clear they will protect their investment.

Without divulging company names, there was a recent example of one firearms manufacturer making a clone under a different name of another company's non-SAAMI cartridge... The company who made the original cartridge made clear to the clone maker their intention to take legal action if the clone maker did not immediately cease. The clone maker ceased and if the original manufacturer feels they have financial damages, I am sure they will seek them and I, like most anyone who owns a business, fully support them doing so. How did they have the right to do this, the clone rifle accepted and fired the original cartridge's factory ammo.

As an individual, you can do what you want, but when you seek to profit by infringing on another company or person's trademark, copyright or patent, they are free to seek legal remedies to stop you from continuing the infringement and financial damages if they choose to as people have told you in this thread.

If the rip off product is determined to be "counterfit" then the US Secret Service can get involved and ruin your day, week, month, year and life. While their pursuit of criminals who counterfit money is well known, they keep quite busy pursuing counterfits of trademarked items (examples - handbags, clothing, and even items bearing logos without permission). Years ago, I used to keep quite busy, following Federal agents into businesses as they seized property. Everything from auto parts to CDs, clothing, handbags and more. As the agents told me, it doesn't have to be a perfect photocopy of the original, just represented to be or believed by a buyer of the product to be the same as the trademarked item.

patent
August 27, 2004, 12:26 AM
Protection for AA yes, trademark, yes.

I checked the tm registry, didn't find it. Has anyone claimed they've trademarked the name Grendel? I understand from the thread no one is claiming they've patented it. If they haven't trademarked it, and haven't patented it, exactly what is stopping anyone from using it?


The attorneys here should comment on what happens if a manufacturer/gunsmith chambers a barrel 6.5 youknowwhatthisis, and represents to the customer that it will use, "wink,wink" Grendel ammo, brass, and dies. Is this, or is this not, a trademark infringement?

The poster below talking about aftermarket products has it. It is typically considered a fair use to make a product and say its for use with a "[trademarked name.]" You see that with your printer cartridges, the generics need a way to say its used with a Hewlett Packard printer, for example, and the are legally allowed to do that, despite the fact that laserjet, HP, etc. are all trademarks.
If that was an issue, aftermarket parts for many different items just wouldn't be legally feasible.
Correct.

On the other hand, you would have to be careful that you weren't pushing the name too much: "www.GRENDEL-UPPERS.com" with plenty of ambiguous marketing could get you into trouble.also correct.
You cannot patent a boxer primed centerfire cartridge as they have been around for well over 100 years,,,

Ahhh, but has there been one this good? Just because one centerfire cartridge (or 1000) have been around for years, that does not mean that the next one isn't new and unique, and patentable. It only makes it harder to patent it.

they have made clear they will protect their investment. I apologize as I'm late to the conversations, but how has AA made it clear that they will protect their investment. Are they suggesting they will stop others from making a grendell?

WalkerTexasRanger
August 27, 2004, 08:09 AM
I checked the tm registry, didn't find it. Has anyone claimed they've trademarked the name Grendel?

It is trademarked. You might try checking under the 6.5 Grendel. Just as AA uses the names .50 Beowolf and .21 Genghis.

The poster below talking about aftermarket products has it. It is typically considered a fair use to make a product and say its for use with a "[trademarked name.]" You see that with your printer cartridges, the generics need a way to say its used with a Hewlett Packard printer, for example, and the are legally allowed to do that, despite the fact that laserjet, HP, etc. are all trademarks.


However, what if the printer itself must be altered to work properly with the aftermarket part. It is not just a drop in replacement. Under the above logic, I assume that would be between the maker of the part that does not work, and the buyer of the part that does not work. Caveat Emptor????

And what if you never bought the actual printer to begin with? I am not buying the whole printer, just all the identical parts and assembling the printer myself. I just cant call it a HP, even though all the parts are identical and assembled exactly like the HP. And I can go sell this in the marketplace as brand X, "but its just like the HP", all the same parts without the name and royalty??

RooK
August 27, 2004, 11:34 AM
And I can go sell this in the marketplace as brand X, "but its just like the HP", all the same parts without the name and royalty??

Yep, unless one of those printer parts were patented. The only part of your argument that even comes close to this comparison is if someone made a printer that accepted Lexmark or HP cartridges for printing. In most instances, I bet the two previous companies wouldn't even complain, they would be profiting from the use of their cartridges.

I see no way, making a barrel in a caliber called 6.5x39 with a bolt and barrel extension to match, would infringe upon trademark usage. This includes it being able to accept Grendel ammo (or having identical dimensions). No Grendel name is in use, it's just a chambering devoid of names. The consumer market is what will fuel the fact it accepts Grendel ammo. There is basicly nothing AA could do about it even if they wanted to.

patent
August 27, 2004, 05:10 PM
t is trademarked. You might try checking under the 6.5 Grendel. Just as AA uses the names .50 Beowolf and .21 Genghis.

Must be at the state level then, or maybe its a stealth registration, as the federal level doesn't seem to show anything. In addition, usually you have to tell people its trademarked. Their website doesn't:

Alexander Arms LLC

WELCOME To the home of the .50 Beowulf, 6.5 Grendel and the .21 Genghis.

Typically if its trademarked you put an insignia after it, such as (R). I see claims on the web that its trademarked, I just see no legal evidence of it. That doesn't mean it isn't, but they sure aren't doing much to protect it if so.

Searching the PTO under Grendel, 6.5 grendel, or Alexander Arms. I did find this, which I found interesting:


Word Mark BEOWULF: THE ATTACK OF GRENDEL
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: interactive computer software for education concerning fairy tales, myths, legends, and animated adventures


----------------------------However, what if the printer itself must be altered to work properly with the aftermarket part. It is not just a drop in replacement. Under the above logic, I assume that would be between the maker of the part that does not work, and the buyer of the part that does not work. Caveat Emptor???? Are you discussing trademarks still? The quote from me you responded to was a trademark discussion. I think I'm just not sure what you are asking about.

Altering the printer has very little to do with trademarks. You can dilute a famous mark, possibly. Otherwise alterations could be (in very limited circumstances) a patent issue, but we would be getting very, very far afield here.

Ordinarily if you purchase a printer you have the right to modify it later, and so I would think that its between the person who modifies it and the buyer of that modification.

If you buy an aftermarket part that doesn't work, its between you and the maker of the aftermarket part. Just an example, but I have a 10/22. Ruger wants you to use Ruger magazines. You can buy others though, and if you do, and one breaks, Ruger isn't liable for that.

I'm not sure I've answered your questions here, please feel free to clarify, and I apologize if not.

And what if you never bought the actual printer to begin with? I am not buying the whole printer, just all the identical parts and assembling the printer myself. I just cant call it a HP, even though all the parts are identical and assembled exactly like the HP.A trademark indicates the origin of the goods. If it didn't originate with HP, you can't call it an HP. You could say "just like an HP" and indicate on the package that HP is a trademark of HP, not you. Or "If you like HP printers, you'll love pH printers!"


And I can go sell this in the marketplace as brand X, "but its just like the HP", all the same parts without the name and royalty?? If you sell as Brand X, you do not have a trademark issue with HP (subject to some limitations, you can't say just like HP and use their little logo, and then never say you aren't HP, as you will likely mislead people.

As a side note, if you do this to HP, you will get sued. They do have patents covering various parts of their printers. Lots and lots of them. That is very different than the Grendel.

patent

patent
August 27, 2004, 05:14 PM
In most instances, I bet the two previous companies wouldn't even complain, they would be profiting from the use of their cartridges.

I'll take that bet. ;-)

If they can find a way, they will complain. At least in my experience HP will not want anyone to use its components with someone else's components in printing. In some cases they maybe can't do anything about it, but I'll bet they'll try.

They worry about their brand name, and the quality image, and anybody putting out a product they can't control puts that at risk.

patent

WalkerTexasRanger
August 27, 2004, 05:46 PM
If you sell as Brand X, you do not have a trademark issue with HP (subject to some limitations, you can't say just like HP and use their little logo, and then never say you aren't HP, as you will likely mislead people.


So they can't say "just like the 6.5 Grendel" without violating the trademark? Correct?

Thanks!!

WalkerTexasRanger
August 27, 2004, 05:50 PM
If they can find a way, they will complain. At least in my experience HP will not want anyone to use its components with someone else's components in printing. In some cases they maybe can't do anything about it, but I'll bet they'll try.

They worry about their brand name, and the quality image, and anybody putting out a product they can't control puts that at risk.



Same true for AA. In particular with the safety concerns. HP does not have to worry about the printer exploding inches from somebody's face, imaging their concern if that was the case...

Thanks again!!

RooK
August 27, 2004, 07:04 PM
But notice where he said "In some cases they maybe can't do anything about it, but I'll bet they'll try." In other words, would AA have legal grounds to prevent someone from doing such, whether they tried to sue or not?

WalkerTexasRanger
August 27, 2004, 08:13 PM
But notice where he said "In some cases they maybe can't do anything about it, but I'll bet they'll try." In other words, would AA have legal grounds to prevent someone from doing such, whether they tried to sue or not?

"Maybe."



A small license fee paid AA to prevent "Maybe," should seem like a good deal to any reputable mfg/smith, hell, they can just pass this on to the consumer (yes this means me also) anyway and keep their own ass out of trouble. They have no legal issues, AA gets paid, customer gets thier upper, which is safe to shoot and functions properly, sounds like a win-win-win.

It appears it sounded that way to Scott Medesha, and keep in mind, he had already built the 6.5PPC upper for Arne. If Scott is willing, why would others not be? I beleive the expression " an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is applicable here.

This is also the "opinion" of one attorney. Attorneys themsleves do also disagree. So if one attorney says "maybe" no telling what another might interpret the law to be in this exact case. The law is not always black and white, there will always be interpretation, sounds like "maybe" means this is one of those cases. I will then take this opportunity to state that my language in the other thread was probably too strong. I interpret one way, Rook, you interpret the other. The attorney says "maybe." Damn lawyers always leaving the door open to generate fees... ;-) (Can you blame them either? Job security....)

And also remember, the gunsmith and mgf community is, in reality, very small. These folks have to work together, go to shows together, and function as an industry together.

Whatever the case, I am just glad to see you are interested in the 6.5 Grendel. It is a great development and no matter how you get your upper, I look forward to hearing of your successes. I am getting sub MOA groups with mine and still am in the very early stages of load development. To me, this is VERY promising..

Good shooting!!!! :)

Jonathan
August 27, 2004, 09:31 PM
So they can't say "just like the 6.5 Grendel" without violating the trademark? Correct?

Gray area, but likely correct. Saying "just like" is the part that would set off flags. That would imply that your product is identical to the original, and AA would pay the price in public relations as a result of any defect or lesser-grade product from company #2.



The patent issue is a non-issue. There's no way they could get a legitimate patent on the cartridge itself. If there were significant original, useful, and nonobvious components OR alterations to the standard rifle parts, they could certainly patent those.

This is where the trademark could sneak in: if a company built "Grendel-compatible" barrels or uppers (while offering no assurances regarding safety with "Grendel-standard" ammo, of course) and claimed them to be an alternative or identical part, AA could easily jump in to say that there is "likelihood of confusion" between two obviously different items.


Back on the patent issue: the reason so many people get irritated about things like the potential patent of the 6.5 Grendel case is because awarding a patent like that trivializes everything used as a foundation for such an "invention". There are too many people over the last century that have contributed to the development of small-arms internal ballistics for one company to produce a slight variant and reap all the benefit of work and research that stretches far beyond their own person involvement.

RooK
August 27, 2004, 09:43 PM
Whatever the case, I am just glad to see you are interested in the 6.5 Grendel. It is a great development and no matter how you get your upper, I look forward to hearing of your successes. I am getting sub MOA groups with mine and still am in the very early stages of load development. To me, this is VERY promising..

Correction: I used to be interested; the whole attitude I've encountered while exploring this product has been nothing but a turn off. I'm now going to pick up a Model 1 6.8 SPC barrel. I don't have the funds to buy a $1100 upper. At this point, I'll just wait until someone either produces a 6.5 Grendel compatible chambering in their own barrels or I'll make my own wildcat based on the same case in a different caliber. It would be nice to have a wildcat anyways, I've never owned one plus I'm a fan of the .27 since my first bolt action was a .270 Win. Maybe call it the 6.9mm FUAA? :D J/K

Besides, here in Kentucky, 200 yard shots are long and rare, for all the 6.5s ballistics and accuracy, I just don't need them. I was wanted something for deer hunting that seemed to have more promise than the 6.8 SPC, but that is second to being able to afford it. I'm glad you can eat the extra fees, but I can't.

TX65
August 28, 2004, 09:31 AM
This is where the trademark could sneak in: if a company built "Grendel-compatible" barrels or uppers (while offering no assurances regarding safety with "Grendel-standard" ammo, of course) and claimed them to be an alternative or identical part, AA could easily jump in to say that there is "likelihood of confusion" between two obviously different items.


A .357 Magnum can use 38 Special ammo, but thats because the .357 Mag is a long case version of the .38 Special. However, if a manufacturer makes a product and represents it to be identical to the 6.5 Grendel and that is can use 6.5 Grendel factory ammo (6.5 Grendel Compatible), the manufacturer is using the trademark to promote their "Grendel-Compatible" product without authorization of the trademark owner. As you have said, the trademark sneaks in. You may not do it in writing, but you have to tell people somehow.

As far as the 6.5 Grendel cartridge being patented,,, no one said it was or was going to be. The only mention of the word patent was made in the context of trademarks, copyrights and patents can be legally enforced and carry civil and even criminal penalties for violating them.

Rook,

I don't know where you get that a 6.5 Grendel upper costs $1100, when they sell all day long for $875.00.

Lets looks at something to do it yourself IF a gunsmith had a reamer using parts from known manufacturers.

Stainless Steel Match Barrel Blank (Krieger, Lilja, etc) = $300.00
Turning & Chambering Service = $150.00
Barrel Extension = $15.00
A3 Upper Receiver = $125.00
Enlarging Ejection Port = $25.00
Gas Block & Gas Tube = $50.00
Bolt & Bolt Carrier = $125.00
Charging Handle = $25.00
Handguard = $40.00
Magazine = $32.00

Grand Total = $887.00

Then pay someone $100.00 to assemble, supply ammo for test firing and you have a grand total of $987.00.

patent
August 28, 2004, 11:45 AM
So they can't say "just like the 6.5 Grendel" without violating the trademark? Correct? If its trademarked, there can be restrictions on how you say it, but you should be able to say it. If you are selling something like that, its an accurate description, and if you say it properly, then there is no confusion as to who is selling it.

Just remember with trademarks that the issue is in who the consumer understands to be selling it. A trademark is supposed to tell the consumer what company he is dealing with. When you see a pair of levi's jeans in the store, you know who made them. If you see a pair of jeans that says "just as good as levi's jeans", you know that phrase isn't a designation that the jeans were made by the Levi company, but rather by another manufacturer, so you look for another trademark on them to see who actually made them.


The real issue is if there will be confusion as to the origin of the goods. As long as it is clear who actually made it, you are probably fine.

It appears it sounded that way to Scott Medesha, and keep in mind, he had already built the 6.5PPC upper for Arne. If Scott is willing, why would others not be? I beleive the expression " an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is applicable here.

Consider the marketing angle. If I were making these, saying I'm a licensee of AA would probably be good for business, would make it easier to advertise, etc. It may also be an indication of quality, as presumably AA wouldn't license just anyone. I think that's the real reason to license with them, not a fear of patent or trademark suits. Its just good business.

Of course, I'm not familiar with the actual individual's business decisions, so take that for what its worth.

This is also the "opinion" of one attorney. Yeah, but I'm right. :cool:


Attorneys themsleves do also disagree. I'm right, they're all wrong.

As a side note, none of this stuff is really all that complicated, so I suspect you'll find less disagreement here. The real reason you think I'm saying maybe about things here is because it isn't clear what intellectual property rights AA really has. Does it have a trademark? Has it applied for a patent? For either one, what kind? All things considered, its rather hard to say what you can do without infringing their rights when no one can say what their rights are. So, you get a few maybes.

patent

patent
August 28, 2004, 11:50 AM
Gray area, but likely correct. Saying "just like" is the part that would set off flags. That would imply that your product is identical to the original, and AA would pay the price in public relations as a result of any defect or lesser-grade product from company #2.

This is where the trademark could sneak in: if a company built "Grendel-compatible" barrels or uppers (while offering no assurances regarding safety with "Grendel-standard" ammo, of course) and claimed them to be an alternative or identical part, AA could easily jump in to say that there is "likelihood of confusion" between two obviously different items.

This isn't accurate. You are saying that the issue is if there is a likelihood of confusion between the two products. That is NOT a trademark issue. The trademark issue is a likelihood of confusion as to the ORIGiN of the goods. Who made it? The trademark is supposed to tell you who made it.

See 15 usc 1114:

ยง1114. Remedies; infringement; innocent infringment by printers and publishers


(1)
Any person who shall, without the consent of the registrant--


(a)
use in commerce any reproduction, counterfeit, copy, or colorable imitation of a registered mark in connection with the sale, offering for sale, distribution, or advertising of any goods or services on or in connection with which such use is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive; or

patent

RooK
August 28, 2004, 02:41 PM
Lets looks at something to do it yourself IF a gunsmith had a reamer using parts from known manufacturers.

Stainless Steel Match Barrel Blank (Krieger, Lilja, etc) = $300.00
Turning & Chambering Service = $150.00
Barrel Extension = $15.00
A3 Upper Receiver = $125.00
Enlarging Ejection Port = $25.00
Gas Block & Gas Tube = $50.00
Bolt & Bolt Carrier = $125.00
Charging Handle = $25.00
Handguard = $40.00
Magazine = $32.00

Grand Total = $887.00

Then pay someone $100.00 to assemble, supply ammo for test firing and you have a grand total of $987.00.

Douglas barrel blank = $150 It's a hunting rifle I want.
Turning & Chambering Service = $150.00
Barrel Extension = $15.00
A3 Upper Receiver = have it
Enlarging Ejection Port = do it myself
Gas Block & Gas Tube = have it
Bolt & Bolt Carrier = $125.00
Charging Handle = have it
Handguard = have it
Magazine = $32.00

Assemble myself.

Grand Total = $472.00

Whaddya know, seems I saved quite a bit of money there eh? Thanks but no thanks for selling me the stuff I don't want or need.

atek3
August 28, 2004, 03:23 PM
hey rook, maybe you could work out a deal with CSS, whereby you send all the parts you already have + the barrel blank you buy else where, and they build it to your specs. then maybe the cost would be more reasonable like ~5-6 hundred.

atek3

RooK
August 28, 2004, 03:44 PM
I already set my terms for a 6.5 Grendel clone upper a couple post ago. No way am I sending them my money when they can't even interpret the law properly, and then have the nerve to tell me I can't do what I want when it's perfectly legal. Like I said, I'm going with the 6.8 SPC until some latter date. At least Remington seems to want my money.

WalkerTexasRanger
August 28, 2004, 05:12 PM
they can't even interpret the law properly, and then have the nerve to tell me I can't do what I want when it's perfectly legal
All things considered, its rather hard to say what you can do without infringing their rights when no one can say what their rights are.

You have not proven your interpretation of the law is correct any more than we have proven our interpretation is correct. You keep saying "it is perfectly legal," when one poster says there IS an issue, and one poster says "maybe."

Enough about that, we could argue forever and I am tired of it. Maybe we can just agree to disagree?


Douglas barrel blank = $150 It's a hunting rifle I want.
Turning & Chambering Service = $150.00
Barrel Extension = $15.00
A3 Upper Receiver = have it
Enlarging Ejection Port = do it myself
Gas Block & Gas Tube = have it
Bolt & Bolt Carrier = $125.00
Charging Handle = have it
Handguard = have it
Magazine = $32.00

Assemble myself.

Grand Total = $472.00Just some additional things to consider:

Where is the person doing the turning and chambering service going to get the reamer. If it is only for you, how much would it cost? $150-$200? When having a gunsmith prepare a "wildcat" cartridge, they pass the cost of the reamer along to the customer. Is the gunsmith going to know what size gas port to drill to assure proper and safe functioning of the rifle?

How about your time spent on labor, your opportunity cost. You have above multiple hours of your time, say you make $20/hour, the labor cost would be in the $100-$150 range total? 5 to 7 hours spent ordering, assembling, tweeking the barrel extension, testing to assure safe pressure and operation, etc.

Finally, and most importatnly, how about the liability coverage that is included in the AA 6.5 Grendel upper. You would not have that with your "clone." If it blows up in your face, who are you going to collect damages from?

I have enjoyed this debate with you. I took offense at N-A-L's comments when he got personal over at the other board, but you have kept things in a professional tone. I have learned something here as well. This is what debate is all about, and I guess that is why I prefer THR to the other boards. Everyone here seems to take THR and it keeps this place fun.

Again, good luck with your project, whatever you decide to do, and be safe. We need as many people on our side as possible. Be sure to get out and vote this Nov, if Kerry get elected all this AR talk might just be a moot point, and WE DONT WANT THAT!!! :)

RooK
August 28, 2004, 05:55 PM
You keep saying "it is perfectly legal," when the above say "maybe."

Apparently you didn't read patent's last two posts.

Just where is the person doing the turning and chambering service going to get the reamer. If it is only for you, how much would it cost? - $150-$200? When having a gunsmith prepare a "wildcat" cartridge, they normally pass the cost of the reamer along to the customer. Is the gunsmith going to know what size gas port to drill to assure proper and safe functioning of the rifle?

Sheesh, didn't you read the bit about doing this if someone starting doing the chambering themselves? If they don't, I will gladly eat the cost of the reamer for my own wildcat. I could also do my own chamber reaming if I wanted to, that leaves getting the barrel turned and the initial gas port drilled. Gas port size: start small and work up.

How about your time spent on labor, the opportunity cost. You have above multiple hours of your time, say you make $20/hour, the labor cost would be in the $100-$150 range total? 5 to 7 hours spent ordering, assembling, tweeking the barrel extension, testing to assure safe pressure and operation, etc.

Last I checked, I didn't charge myself to work in my free time. The tweaking I can do myself, if I had a lathe I could turn my own barrels. Firearms are a hobby, I find it an interesting field to dabble in. If I considered my time that precious, I wouldn't handload.

How about the liability coverage that is included in the AA 6.5 Grendel upper. You will not have that with your "clone." If it blows up in your face, who are you going to collect damages from?

If someone starts producing similarly chambered barrels/bolts and selling them, who says they won't offer some form of warranty? With a wildcat, well that's more along the lines of inventor/user beware isn't it? So long as you're careful with your loadings, it should be no more dangerous than any other wildcat. Some people in this day and age still believe in personal responsibility, not blaming their problems on someone else.

TX65
August 29, 2004, 01:11 PM
Rook,

What you do for yourself, for your own personal use, is your business... Under Federal law you can even make a complete firearm from scratch. You only get in trouble when you sell it and then you enter the world of business which is what the law deals with. Since you went to an internet forum to seek legal opinion, you clearly have not invested the money to consult with trademark, patent or copyright attorneys.

Again, do your project, you will find you can't modify a .223 barrel extension and thats not my opinion,those are the words of the engineer who designed them because you would have to add metal to machine it away. You will have to give careful thought to your wildcat, because a chamber designed for a bolt gun is not the same as the chamber for a semi-auto.

As far as developing loads, proceed with caution and beware that in the AR15, there is the issue of bolt thrust and a case can show no signs of a load being over pressure, but you are over the bolt thrust levels of the AR15 platform and putting major fatigue on every part.

If a business out there wants to make "6.5 Grendel compatible" barrels and bolts for the AR15, they can and will be dealt with if they use the 6.5 Grendel trademark to market them. Of course, they may find it is all a waste of effort and money since as I said in the beginning. Currently, as of this point in time, barrels and bolts are not available as parts. In the future, they may be available.

Having checked your profile, Happy 20th birthday and I wish you success in completing your college education.

RooK
August 29, 2004, 02:19 PM
Again, do your project, you will find you can't modify a .223 barrel extension and thats not my opinion, thats those are the words of the engineer who designed them.

I'm sure if one can't be modified, a local machinist can help in forming one from scratch.

As far as developing loads, proceed with caution and beware that in the AR15, there is the issue of bolt thrust and a case can no signs of a load being over pressure, but you are putting major fatigue on every part.

Most of that can be overcome with data that predicts pressures for a load. It gives you a good area to work with and if you don't push the limits you should be fine. If I was really worried, I could probably hunt someone down with a strain gage for load development. Just becareful and don't push the hot loads like you do in a bolt rifle. I'll probably be facing similar problems with my 6.8 SPC. No data, beyond Zak's, exist and I will be handloading for it. I'm not even going to attempt to afford the expected $17/box for OTM loads. I would do the same with the Grendel as well.

Having checked your profile, Happy 20th birthday and I wish you success in completing your college education.

Thank you, hopefully I'll finish within the next two years and can get a job where money isn't a problem. Being a college student zaps your funds.

patent
August 29, 2004, 09:32 PM
If a business out there wants to make "6.5 Grendel compatible" barrels and bolts for the AR15, they can and will be dealt with if they use the 6.5 Grendel trademark to market them.

Has AA said this somehere, or do you speak for them? On what do you base this?

patent

TX65
August 29, 2004, 10:30 PM
I am co-developer of the 6.5 Grendel and I speak to AA everyday. They are reviewing requests from reputable manufacturers and are granting licenses to those companies that they deem add value to the product line.

Why are they not letting it out to anyone and everyone to do as they please? Because someone doing a substandard product can damage the product in the marketplace and / or possibly endanger the safety of the consumer.

patent
August 30, 2004, 09:20 AM
I am co-developer of the 6.5 Grendel and I speak to AA everyday. They are reviewing requests from reputable manufacturers and are granting licenses to those companies that they deem add value to the product line.

Cool, thanks. What are they licensing? Are they licensing a trademark? Or just general know how? Perhaps that the manufacturer would then be an AA approved source?

I guess my question is, how do they plan to "deal with" anyone who makes it, but has not licensed it from them?

I just don't see much of a basis yet for saying others can't make the grendel.

patent

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