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Honestly of all the patent crossbreeding in H&K ,SIG and Hanel i did not expect an Oberland arms magazine patent 'infringment' to be the one they trip on.
I guess its time ,as initialy Magpul did not jump on the OA for their OA G-MAG that syles itself like Pmag knockoff ,considering this infringment is well over decade old i do wonder if Magpul can realy get much done against OA
''I asked Magpul if they plan on taking legal action. They responded by saying that they have no licensing agreement with OA, but that they said they don’t plan on taking legal action against them. My guess is that the court costs of fighting a legal battle overseas would be expensive. I have no doubt that if Oberland Arms ever establishes a legal presence in the USA, Magpul would be all over them in an instant!''
Cerberus GMBH making the G-mag is part of Oberland Arms group
G-MAG vs PMAG
Following the German news, this resulted in considerable political fallout, its a second or third acquisition project in a row that blew up in smoke (F 18E Superhornet buy for nuclear delivery,new heavy lift cargo helicopter and now the rifle that even tough it peanuts in terms of funds is considered the prestige project in BW) all projects seem to have plenty of wishful thinking in the demands military put forward resulting in either no product meeting demands or goldplated prices or both.
Wow, that is very P-magy.
Surprised they didn't license the design, or partner with Magpul, given that magpul has a number of foreign partners.
Or at a minimum, just change the external grip surface and magazine cover to a less obvious 'homage' to the PMAG.
Maybe call the large bore double rifles "anti-material" since they were tried as anti-tank guns in WW1?
Seems there are also some doubts Hanael could even handle the production.
''Zudem gibt es mittlerweile erhebliche Zweifel, dass Hanel dieses Gewehr in Deutschland produzieren kann''.
In addition the tender for DMR for SF/Feldjäger G26 was just stopped as well. A small tender (10 prototypes and 135 service firearms and 500.000 rounds of ammo) but i can imagine similar players and issues
''Das Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) hat die Ausschreibung für das Projekt G26 „Scharfschützengewehr kurze Reichweite für SpezKr/Feldjäger“ – eine Präzisionswaffe im Kaliber 7,62 mm x 51 – abgebrochen...
Evaluation testing would be done with 5 test arms and 20.000 rounds of ammo
Even before this realy kicked off there were concerns within the BW that 6.5 Creedmoor DMR should be considered instead of 7.62x51
It seems that Magpul magazine clone is not the only patent issue H&K is questioning the other one is patents concerning the solutions for 'over the beach' capability of the HK arms that Haenel is supposedly infringing upon.
Here's a report from defense-aerospace.com.
Can someone explain how the procedure exactly to file a patents infringement,
Does HK bought the gun and inspect it thoroughly, by measuring each parts dimensions or something like that?
I don't understand much, for examples, the magpul magazine, can i make something similar to it but with some minor tweaking like extra grip pattern or altering the pattern dimensions, etc?
And the OTB feature, which part was it in the Haenel? As far as i know, 416 otb features mention things like buffer tube drainage hole, bcg hole, and specially designed barrel extension.
Would it be considered a patent infringement if i designed similar concept but with different hole locations and dimensions?
If i understood correctly Haenel says HK based their claim in regards to IP infringement of their 'over the beach' features on civilian version CR556, but HK is probably just throwing the mud at the wall till something sticks, as i mentioned. http://forums.delphiforums.com/autogun/messages?msg=7720.17
Thes designs are so deeply crossbred that it would be strange if there was not at least an allegation of IP infringement. In any case, patent rights were never really part of the tender process and now HK forced the whole thing that will ultimately result in this being applied for all future BW tenders as well. Issues of IP should not be the job of the government (BW) tenders but manufacturers.
Anyone following this in German media ,bug boys games in action HK got prosecutors to raid Hanael offices , it seems the magazine issue is not important any more.
Meanwhile Hanael is of course lobbying politicians to save the deal.
One thing that is a bit funny is that HK claims its gun is was copied to a degree where you can drop in Hanael bolt and bolt carrier into HK416 and it will fire and cycle as if using an original bolt, HK made a video show dissembling a Hanael rifle for parts and comparing them to HK parts
This show will continue in the courts some time Summer 2021
''Beim Patentstreit geht es zunächst um das Over-the-beach-Patent (OTB). Diese Over-the-beach-Fähigkeit hatte die Bundeswehr in der Sturmgewehr-Ausschreibung zwingend gefordert. Dabei muss eine Waffe nach dem Auftauchen aus dem Wasser innerhalb kürzester Zeit sofort schießen können.
According to somewhat less sensational reporting in Germany, Haenel was not raided. It was visited by the external patent law expert hired by Bundeswehr to form neutral opinion on the matter.
Marco Seliger is the spokesperson for H&K. His statements are therefore not neutral. That parts can be exchanged does tell us exactly nothing about the patent situation. For example, a SIG P210 magazine can be used in a Walther P38. Apart from that, exact dimensions of mechanisms are normally not given in a patent document.
Disclosure: Based on what we know today, I think neither the Haenel nor the H&K proposal should be the future Bundeswehr assault rifle.