January 18, 2009

Crimson Trace Files Lawsuit Against LaserMax

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Crimson Trace Corporation, Inc, the Oregon-based manufacturer of LASERGRIPS(R) laser sights, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon against LaserMax, Inc. of Rochester, New York to address LaserMax's infringement of four United States patents.

Crimson Trace seeks court-ordered injunctive relief and unspecified damages for patents assigned to the company related to laser sighting devices for firearms.

"Crimson Trace respects the intellectual property of other companies, and we insist that other companies respect ours," said Lew Danielson, president of Crimson Trace. "Developing and marketing patented technology is at the core of the company's market position, and we have been forced to take action to protect that position," he added.

Crimson Trace Files Lawsuit Against LaserMax

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP represents Crimson Trace Corporation. F. Ross Boundy, Benjamin J. Byer and John F. McGrory, Jr. filed the suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon.

Comments (5)

P V B - glad you like your grips. I myself if I'm going to spend $300 on a firearm I'm going to put it towards a another firearm.

Like I said, if I can buy a laser pointer for $20 at Staples, and Hogue molded grips for $20, then I could see another $60 for shock protection and integration. I wouldn't mind paying $100 for a set of laser grips. I won't pay $300, I'll just wait for the patent to expire.

Posted by: STEVEN S | January 29, 2009 12:39 PM    Report this comment

Steven - I have a set of CT's and they are worth every penny. Surely, the price will eventually come down; partly because of competition, along with the eventual offset of pre-production R&D costs. That's why we have patent protection; otherwise innovation might be stifled.

Yes, you can buy a laser pointer at Staples for much cheaper, but if they held up to recoil that well, everbody would simply buy the lasers there.

Posted by: PVB | January 22, 2009 7:23 PM    Report this comment

I'm all for some reasonable patent protection. But there is no reason why a set of laser grips should cost nearly as much as the pistol it goes on. You can buy a set of nice molded Hogue grips for $20. You can buy a laser pointer from Staples for $20. I can see $100 for a set of laser grips, but no way am I spending $300. Patents are good for like 17 years, and CT has been selling these things for a few years now. I'll wait until the patent expires and buy the knock-off.

Posted by: STEVEN S | January 22, 2009 7:05 PM    Report this comment

Our whole concept of patents to protect original ideas is to prevent cheap rip-offs (see China.) Less that an inch difference in alignment with the bore wouldn't be noticed, and is just an attempt to dodge the patent, much like going from red to green.
B. Johnson

Posted by: Robert J | January 22, 2009 11:48 AM    Report this comment

LaserMax seems to have improved on some of the Crimson Trace products. The J-frame lasers that they've produced mount the diode higher and closer to the bore line. A better idea for sure.

Competition in any market is good for us consumers. CT needs to improve their product line and stop these type of frivolous lawsuits.

Posted by: RackEmPunk | January 22, 2009 11:12 AM    Report this comment

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