Sturm, Ruger takes Smith & Wesson to court over its iconic .22-caliber rifle

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    CONCORD — One of the most popular rifles made and sold in the United States — the .22-caliber Ruger 10-22 — is the subject of a high-stakes court battle, with the Connecticut-based manufacturer accusing a rival gunmaker of unlawfully cutting into the market with a lookalike. The issue is detailed in court filings that Sturm, Ruger & Co. initiated in July when it sued the Massachusetts-based Smith & Wesson and its sister company, Thompson/Center Arms. Last week, lawyers for both sides spent three days in U.S. District Court arguing over a preliminary injunction that would block sales of the Thompson T/CR22, possibly during a heavy buying season.
    https://www.unionleader.com/news/business/sturm-ruger-takes-smith-wesson-to-court-over-its-iconic/article_8158e5ce-38f4-5167-aeb0-e85979a2c895.html
     
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    Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, until money gets involved. I still have my 10/22 from 1972 and it still works fine. "Ruger, anything else is a copy" would make a good marketing slogan I think.
     
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    Interesting, coming from a company that makes copies of the AR15 and 1911. (As does S&W, of course.)

    Personally, I'd welcome a new variation of the 10-22, but then I'd also welcome a new version of the Nylon 66.
     
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    Didn’t Uncle Gaston successfully sue S&W over the design of the Sigma, and won???
     
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    Reportedly, the suit necessitated a change in the design of the S&W Sigma trigger, which resulted in the trigger spring being located at the front of the trigger bar, which is still used in the M&P. We were told that no monies were paid over settling the suit.

    A Sigma armorer class was included at the end of the week for the 3rd gen pistol armorer class when I attended in the late 90's, but I don't remember any other trivia mentioned about the infringement complaint.
     
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    Interesting. I just figured the patents were "out" on the 10/22, as other manufacturers (already) make a close copy, like Magnum Research & Volquartsen. Of course Magnum Research and Volquartsen aren't competing at the same price points.

    It looks like the S&W made some improvements over the basic 10/22 (machined receiver, bolt hold open, etc) at a very competitive price.
     
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    Glock sues S&W over design patents... S&W loses

    Ruger sues S&W over Ruger 10/22 likeness.. (S&W will probably lose)

    S&W.. "I'll F-ing do it again."
     
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    AR-15 and 1911 both long ago entered the public domain. Not so the 10-22.


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    From the newspaper article...

    The company Ruger is suing, the Arizona-based American Outdoor Brands Corporation, owns both Smith & Wesson and Thompson/Center Arms.

    Hasn’t American Outdoor Brands spun off S&W (probably including Thompson/Center) by distributing its stock to parent company shareholders? Wonder if that was before or after Ruger filed suit.


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    I saw that Ruger has a 2013 patent (14 year expiration date) for their 10-22 breakdown .22 rifle, but did that also extend their old patent for the original standard fixed stock 10-22?
     
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    You can read the details of the plans and reasons for the split of their businesses in this, if it interests you:
    https://ir.aob.com/news-releases/ne...r-brands-corporation-reports-second-quarter-1