Smith & Wesson Goes On Warpath Over Muzzle-Loader IP

Law360, New York (May 12, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT) -- Smith & Wesson Corp. took aim at Ardesa SA and others in lawsuits Wednesday in Massachusetts and the U.S. International Trade Commission over patents related to muzzle-loading firearms, accusing them of patent infringement, unfair competition and U.S. trade law violations.

Smith & Wesson Corp. and fellow plaintiff Thompson/Center Arms Co. Inc.'s complaint in Massachusetts district court bills Thompson/Center as an innovator in the muzzle-loader firearms market with a substantial patent portfolio to protect its guns. Both Smith & Wesson and Thompson/Center are wholly owned subsidiaries of...
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