Every popular brand has cheap knock-offs floating around trying to capitalize on someone else’s popularity, be it fake Coach bags or imitation Victronox knives. Gun makers too. Glock is trying to deal with one such case right now: the Zoraki M197 blank-firing starter gun. Clearly, it looks like a Glock. Key differences: the Maxsell Corp gun has a marked slide, different magazines and grip (with grip safety). Lawyers for the Austrian based company have filed suit . . .
The legal case is based on “trade dress infringement,” which makes it a crime to create a competing product or service whose appearance mimics an existing successful version. Like KFC and Kennedy Fried Chicken. Or GSG and H&K. Or Apple and Samsung. The idea is to keep someone from being able to copy the outward appearance of your product or service in the hopes of confusing the consumer.
Maxsell Corp owner Vico Confino has put up a site claiming that Gaston’s guys won’t play ball and threatened to “destroy” him. He also asserts that the legal tussle has damaged his physical and mental health. “I cannot eat, I cannot sleep or eat a decent meal. I am on medication for depression and cannot enjoy my family life.”
TTAG is emailing Glock for comment. Suffice it to say, Glock didn’t get where they are today by allowing imitators to piggyback on its perfection. Nor do they want to allow the appearance of piggybacking on perfection. [h/t TFB]