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Posted: 10/9/2007 8:32:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/9/2007 8:32:21 AM EDT by Bradd_D]



I'm not a patent lawyer, but could there be potential for trouble here?
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 8:39:48 AM EDT
mmmmm!!! PRI should call SAMSOM MFG. and ask them what can happen when you pissed off TROY industries
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 8:41:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ARCANGEL:
mmmmm!!! PRI should call SAMSOM MFG. and ask them what can happen when you pissed off TROY industries


I was thinking the same thing.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 8:43:10 AM EDT
Nah....I see enough difference to so ...no.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 8:53:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Blackwind:
Nah....I see enough difference to so ...no.


I'm thinking specifically the apertures and lock mechanism. They're identical.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 8:54:59 AM EDT
Come on. It's obvious that the mounting screw is on the left on the Troy, and on the right on the PRI.

But seriously, I think there's enough difference that the only ones who would make out OK on an infringement suit would be the lawyers.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 8:58:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/9/2007 8:59:37 AM EDT by Yojimbo]
You guys do know that the Troy flip-up sights use basically the same locking mechanism as the PRI gas block/front sight which has been around much longer, right? That's why their locking device looks almost identical.

Seriously, theres only so many ways to design a flip-up sight so there's bound to be many similarities between the sights from different manufacturers.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 9:02:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Yojimbo:
You guys do know that the Troy flip-up sights use basically the same locking mechanism as the PRI gas block/front sight which has been around much longer, right? That's why their locking device looks almost identical.

Seriously, theres only so many ways to design a flip-up sight so there's bound to be many similarities between the sights from different manufacturers.


Good point. I have always wondered, though, how much flexibility there is to use someone elses mechanism without issue. Could it be, in some cases, that a manufacturer just doesn't pursue an infringement?
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 9:36:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bradd_D:

Originally Posted By Blackwind:
Nah....I see enough difference to so ...no.


I'm thinking specifically the apertures and lock mechanism. They're identical.



don't most A2 derived apertures look the same ?
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 10:15:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/9/2007 10:15:34 AM EDT by Bradd_D]

Originally Posted By cnatra:

Originally Posted By Bradd_D:

Originally Posted By Blackwind:
Nah....I see enough difference to so ...no.


I'm thinking specifically the apertures and lock mechanism. They're identical.



don't most A2 derived apertures look the same ?


I was referring to the shape and angle more than anything.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 10:19:38 AM EDT
troy and pri rail mounted front sights are damn near identical as well.

Link Posted: 10/9/2007 3:04:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rob78:
troy and pri rail mounted front sights are damn near identical as well.




I have/had one of each- not true at all.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 12:04:33 AM EDT
According to this article..almost all of the Front Sight towers come from the same design.

http://www.vltor.com/vst.htm

thats like saying that Bushmaster and Colt are infringing on Armalites Patent for the AR15 action, or the Trademark AR-15 Name.
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