edtoro, on 25 August 2010 - 08:48 PM, said:
The TM-15 is a scenario version paintball gun of the HK's Model 416 (HK-416). One can see the similarities between them at a glance duh.
But the 416 doesn't have a unique general appearance either.
The 416 is a redesign of the AR-15, with some slight cosmetic changes and a major gas system change (piston versus DI).
H&K doesn't have the exclusive rights to anything on the 416 except that gas system and the trademark name, neither of which remotely apply to the TM15. The overall AR look is completely fair game, established by precedent all over (case in point - do a search on the internet and see how many firearm companies make an AR-15 variation - I can name at least a dozen right off the top of my head).
Trust me on this - I hang out in the firearms industry a lot. Believe me, if H&K thought they had a chance on this, they would have tried already. They didn't, and still don't. And they haven't tried.
Legally, nobody has an exclusive right or patent to the AR-15 appearance, the "M4" product name, or any of the typical AR parts. You can get a patent for something truly unique (such as H&K's new gas system in the 416), but not on anything standard about them.
By the same extension, other industries like airsoft and paintball can make AR-style parts and guns/markers without fear of lawsuit.
This post has been edited by Thalion: 26 August 2010 - 05:57 AM