Umarex Wins On H&K Trademark Use Lawsuits
There have been stories that has been going in the interwebs, especially in Facebook where U.S.-based airsofters have been saying that airsoft guns using the Heckler & Koch Trademarks without any official license from Umarex, which is the official holder of all the trademark rights of H&K for the airsoft market will be phased out from U.S. retailers. We are not really surprised by this as there has been an ongoing lawsuit filed by Umarex against some companies.
To find out all about this, please refer to our "On H&K Lawsuits & Trademark Use on Airsoft Guns" story on this which was posted last October 27, 2010. And with the story coming out, it seems that Umarex has won the lawsuit and all companies named in the lawsuit will have to comply with the terms.
So one confirmation from this is by Evike.com as they sent us a news info, and they only have until the end of 2012 to comply with the court order to dispose all non-licensed H&K airsoft guns so they're putting all of these on sale:
So there has been some rumors about H&K guns not being available anymore starting 2013.
According to the lawsuit upheld by H&K, all guns that are not licensed under Umarex will be discontinued starting 2013. Because of that, almost all H&K replica airsoft guns are on sale here:
These guns won't be here for long as specials. They are selling fast. If you want to complete your collection and are missing a G36 or USP, you might want to get it now. I mean, heck, it's on SALE!
This is not to say we won’t be seeing your favorite H&K styled guns anymore. As long as the licensing is present, it’s properly authorized.
The bright side of this is that:
A) All our un-licensed H&K guns are on sale now and you have less than 30 days to get a hold of a great deal; and
B) All future H&K replicas will all have proper trademarks for those of you who love seeing trades on an airsoft gun.
We don't know if this will affect such models in countries outside of the U.S., but for U.S. airsoft players, if they prefer these unlicensed airsoft guns, it's high time to get them. By the start of 2013, these will all be gone, save for some private sellers selling these used.
Better rush if you have to, grab these before they become classic ones unless the companies making these will get a license from Umarex.