Patent infringments?

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dickaye
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Patent infringments?

Post by dickaye » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:07 am

In the period after I suppose the mid 1850s, there were a lot of gun manufactures producing a lot of very similar looking single shot derringers like Marlin. Were any of these folks borrowing patented ideas? Were all these guys being honest? Were there some law suits going on? Or did all these guns have subtle differences?

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Re: Patent infringments?

Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:39 am

Richard;

The Hopkins and Allen XL derringer used the Marlin patented extractor/ejector and was marked with John Marlin's patent date like the Marlin derringers. Many gun makers like Colt and Smith & Wesson had their patents and were constantly sueing competitors to prevent them from using their ideas.
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