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To: 45Auto
Bushmaster has been building and selling this same firearm for years. Why is Colt just now getting bent out of shape about it? And besides that, I thought patent protection only lasted so many years. Any lawyers on here that can explain Colt's decision to go after the other maufacturers? And I agree, the Bushmaster is better AND cheaper than the Colt version. I own both, and give me the Bushmaster any day of the week.
18 posted on 04/22/2004 1:37:16 PM PDT by Space Wrangler
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To: Space Wrangler
And besides that, I thought patent protection only lasted so many years.


There do not appear to be any patents involved here.
21 posted on 04/22/2004 1:44:28 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your Friendly Freeper Patent Attorney)
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To: Space Wrangler
Bushmaster has been building and selling this same firearm for years. Why is Colt just now getting bent out of shape about it?

My semi-educated guess is that they *really* perceive H&K as a serious threat. Heckler & Koch is the new player in the AR business - and they are serious about military contracts. Bushmaster did do a small run or two of carbines for DOD, but Colt and FN have built most of 'em.

It's possible that Bushmaster was included out of sheer spite. That was the first AR "clone" manufacturer to really threaten Colt's position.

There are a long list of companies who've made knock-offs of the AR-15, yet only these two are named as defendants. Interesting.

28 posted on 04/22/2004 3:27:41 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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Because there is going to be a sales boom in the fall and they want a piece of every one of them sold (Bushmaster and HK will pay a license rather than scrap their lines)



>>>Bushmaster has been building and selling this same firearm for years. Why is Colt just now getting bent out of shape about it?
29 posted on 04/22/2004 3:48:41 PM PDT by BurbankKarl (for discussion purposes only!)
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