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Congrats To Guy Cramer, CEO Of HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp

Monday, May 2nd, 2016


Wealth and Finance International magazine (with a global audience of 130,000 subscribers) just awarded Guy Cramer of Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp. “CEO of the Year in Canada for 2016”!

Battle Mug Acquired by TOT Holdings LLC

Friday, April 29th, 2016

26 April 2016 – Time On Target Holdings LLC announced the acquisition of the Battle Mug brand today from their headquarters near Huntsville, Alabama.

The company will continue to market Battle Mug products and will be introducing an expanded line of high quality, USA Made products geared towards Veterans, First Responders, and Patriots.

Battle Mug is an iconic beer mug which features M1913 Picatinny rails and a crenulated base and is protected by four U.S. patents.

The company was created in 2009 by a U.S. Army Combat Veteran who was focused on creating military and firearm inspired lifestyle products crafted to the same high standards expected in Mil-Spec equipment.

Since then the product line has been expanded to include a full line of barware, and other items aimed at the modern warfighter.

For more information about Battle Mug and their products, visit www.battlemug.com

Crye Precision Files Appeal in Recent Dismissal of Suit Against Duro Textiles

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Yesterday, Crye Precision filed an appeal to Federal Judge Denise Cote’s ruling last week to dismiss Crye Precision’s lawsuit against Duro Textiles.

Revision Military Testifies Before US Senate Judiciary Committee On The Danger Of Counterfeit Products

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Essex Junction, Vermont (April 27, 2016) – After recent successful actions against foreign counterfeiters, Revision Military, a world leader in protective eyewear solutions, was invited to share testimony with a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee investigating the impact of foreign counterfeiting. Gregory Maguire, Revision’s Senior Director of Legal and Government Affairs, provided a comprehensive analysis of the current and future challenges facing American manufacturers, and outlined the dangers to consumers presented by illegal counterfeit ballistic products. Several recommendations were offered to the committee for consideration, including proposed steps for Federal government action that would strengthen efforts to curtail the sale of inferior counterfeit products.

“In recent years, despite forceful measures taken to protect our intellectual property, Revision has seen a dramatic rise in counterfeit products across multiple distribution channels,” said Maguire during his testimony. Maguire continued, “We expect that this trend will continue as our brand awareness and product penetration grows. As a small business, Revision is deeply concerned about the rise in businesses using and manipulating our intellectual property to produce counterfeit goods. The emergence of this activity requires ever-larger and more aggressive efforts to offset the effects that put significant strain on our resources.”

The U.S. Department of Defense maintains high standards for personal protective equipment. The U.S. Army uses these standards in the development and maintenance of the Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL)—a record of examined and tested manufacturers and products proven to satisfy standards for ballistic protection. Soldiers utilizing protective eyewear while on duty are required to select APEL-listed eyewear products. Revision eyewear, particularly the Desert Locust goggle, has been listed on APEL since 2007.

Maguire reiterated Revision’s commitment to cutting-edge protective products throughout its history, stating, “Revision Military was founded in 2001 with a singular mission: to produce cutting-edge protective eyewear that makes a real- world impact. The company is in the business of protecting those that put themselves in harm’s way for our safety. To this end, Revision has invested significant resources making state-of-the-art ballistic protection available to its customers. Counterfeits do not meet such standards, so these illicit products endanger the soldiers and law enforcement officers who unknowingly receive them, leaving wearers vulnerable to maiming and/or blinding, if not more serious injury, or death.”

Two prominent and illustrative encounters Revision has had with foreign counterfeit operations were detailed during the hearing. Most recently, in January 2016, Revision worked in conjunction with the Dearborn and Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office in Indiana to enact a sting at a trade show in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, in 2014, Revision submitted a bid for a Ukrainian eyewear tender for 1,500 protective goggles. Revision lost the tender to a company that provided counterfeit versions of Revision’s own Desert Locust product line.

These compelling examples were taken into consideration by members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and provided a persuasive foundation for the following recommendations made by Revision:

  • Enable the Department of Homeland Security, namely U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to seize at the border imports that infringe U.S. design patents, and enable the recording of design patents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, IPR Enforcement Program.
  • Second, large online retailers need to be held more responsible and accountable for the sale of counterfeit goods on their websites.
  • Finally, federal law needs strengthening along the lines of jurisdictions, such as in Indiana, with regard to enforcement of intellectual property rights.
  • Revision Military will be working with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and other government agencies to pursue these intellectual property reforms. For a transcript of the hearing and to access Greg Maguire’s complete testimony, please visit: www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/counterfeits-and-their-impact-on- consumer-health-and-safety.

    OSS Suppressors LLC Hires Ludwikoski & Associates as Sales Agency for Central US

    Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

    MURRAY, UT – OSS Suppressors LLC has announced the hiring of Ludkwikoski & Associates as its sales agency for the Central US, effective immediately. This move is part of OSS’s sales and marketing strategy to significantly expand distribution and provide quality service to it’s rapidly growing dealer network.

    “With the addition of Ludkwikoski & Associates, OSS is now better able to grow and service our dealer network in key suppressor-legal states in the Midwest like Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and more,” said Chris Estadt, VP Sales & Marketing for OSS. “We’re excited to be able to add the market expertise, channel relationships and selling experience the talented Ludwikoski team brings to the OSS mission.”

    “We look forward to working with the best-in-class suppressor products from OSS. They are a “leap ahead” in technology from any baffle suppressor on the market, and we’re excited to be able to offer OSS to our customer base,” said John Ludwikoski, vice president of the firm.

    #DontGetBaffled

    For more information on OSS Suppressor Systems, visit www.osssuppressors.com, find them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter @oss_suppressors, YouTube, and Instagram oss_suppressors.

    Court Dismisses Crye Precision’s Suit Against Duro Textiles

    Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

    On Friday, 22 April, 2016, Federal Judge Denise L. Cote published a ruling, granting Duro Textiles motion for summary judgement and dismissing with prejudice Crye Precision’s remaining claims against Duro Textiles, stemming from a lawsuit filed against Duro in early 2015. This is actually a second lawsuit although the initial suit was filed in late 2014 and withdrawn in early 2015.

    Specifically, the Judge dismissed three specific allegations in this suit; breach of contract, trade dress infringement and common law unfair competition arising from Duro’s printing of a camouflage pattern owned by the US Government.

    Crye Precision’s MultiCam licensing agreement was central to their claims against Duro. Duro last signed such an agreement with Crye in 2012 and once it had expired in 2014, and Duro began printing the Army’s OCP, legal actions commenced.

    Below is the paragraph 3(h), in question.

    According to New York law, this clause from the 2012 agreement is unenforceable due to reasons stipulated in the ruling. Furthermore, the judge ruled that it was too broad in scope. At face value, it seems like a pretty straightforward ruling by the court, until you consider that it could create a situation where the premise it is based upon fundamentally changes.  The full order, seen below, is quite detailed and worth the read.

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    To be sure, this is a victory for Duro, but perhaps a bittersweet one. Duro was essentially a lone horse in printing OCP for the Army. Now, they are sure to see competition for this business in the future. What’s more, the Army may well lose control of the pattern it created for use in place of MultiCam. Whether the Army likes it or not, we may see commercial OCP, or really close copies, by Christmas.

    Here’s why. Much to the chagrin of those of us watching from the sidelines, the Judge’s decision does not declare whether MultiCam and OCP (Scorpion W2) are similar. Rather, the court is very clear that Duro is just printing what the Army paid them to print; namely, OCP and claims that the government can tell the difference.

    Judge Cote dismissed Crye Precision’s claim of trade dress infringement. The court’s ruling may well have set creating about an interesting situation. Consider this:

    The Government is the creator and only purchaser of Scorpion W2. It is a sophisticated consumer, as its creation of Scorpion W2 and its announced switch from MUTLICAM in 2014 evidences. Duro’s only sales of Scorpion W2 have been for the Government, specifically to Government contractors and subcontractors in the supply chain for the U.S. Army. These contractors order Scorpion W2 from Duro by name. Thus, while MULTICAM and Scorpion W2 compete in the same Government sales market, there is no likelihood of actual confusion on the part of the Government or its contractors.

    It’s the second and third order, or should I say “disorder” effects that will be interesting. For example, what if the consumer is no longer just the US Army but also commercial customers. Could that expanded consumer group tell the difference between these two patterns?

    This exact situation may be additional fallout from this ruling, and it may not just affect Crye Precision. By declaring the competition clause of Crye’s licensing agreement void, could printers, licensed or not, begin to make counterfeit versions of MultiCam, or for that matter OCP, consequence free?

    Although Judge Cote declared the provisions of Crye Precision’s licensing agreement too broad, you have to wonder how specific they would have to be to satisfy the court and protect the pattern(s). As far as I know, current licensees are under a newer 2014 version of the contract which may contain updated language that already addresses the court’s concerns and were signed under different circumstances than the long-standing agreements with Duro. It must be noted that this ruling by Judge Cote is specific to the situation with Duro.

    It is yet to be seen whether Crye Precision will appeal the ruling, but it doesn’t stop them from defending their IP on other fronts. Also, although many are concerned with license fees for the printing of both MultiCam and OCP. This ruling doesn’t address them. Regardless, the bottom line here is that Crye is going to have to sue the US Army if it wants to ultimately settle the MultiCam vs OCP question. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything.

    Steel Will Knives Seeks Qualified East Coast Sales Representation

    Monday, April 25th, 2016

    New York, NY- Steel Will Knives, a new premium brand that produces knives with the highest standards of quality, is seeking sales representation on the East Coast. With over 60 quality cutting tools currently available in their Outdoor, Tactical, and Urban line, Steel Will is focused on making an impact on the knife community and outdoor sporting goods industry.

    Steel Will’s mission is to produce the finest knives that create a bond with their owners. They are committed to providing the best possible experience of knife ownership. Steel Will is interested in working with a sales representation group that will share the same goal when representing Steel Will’s complete line of premium knives. If your sales agency is interested and would like to learn more or schedule an interview, please email Boris Shekhman at Boris@SmgOutdoor.com.

    TYR Tactical Innovate or Die Tour & Mobile Showroom

    Monday, April 25th, 2016

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    Each product that is designed here at TYR Tactical® is developed with the mantra, Innovate or Die™, and you in mind. Our passion for your safety has enhanced our design and manufacturing philosophy by creating streamline products that are more ergonomic and dynamic, as well as, significantly lighter. Our products are developed with direct input from some of the most elite warriors in the world. Direct feedback from operators about mission specific load requirements and mobility allow TYR Tactical® to increase overall comfort, movement and performance. Special Operations training and a physiological approach are incorporated into each design. Our rigorous testing process allows us to continually evolve and provide products for today’s needs and threats keeping us in the forefront of the industry.

    We understand that to create Mission-Adaptable Gear, one has to spend a tremendous amount of time and resources on R&D – making sure that the feel, comfort and ergonomics of our products are right for our customers. To better serve this mission we have created the TYR Tactical® Mobile Showroom. This completely custom 44’ trailer was designed to travel across the country so we can better show our complete breadth of products. For the first time customers will have a hands-on experiences with TYR Tactical® Pouches, Body Armor, Belts, Revere K9™ Products and Huron™ Clothing & Packs. They will also get a chance to view products before their release and provide feedback on existing products.

    We have dedicated approximately 16 weeks in 2016 to travelling from base to base, department to department to be able to allow customers to have our showroom come to them. The first two weeks of the schedule are listed below.

    To coordinate the tour to come to your police department or base in the future please contact either info@tyrtactical.com or contact your local ADS Representative at OCIEsolutions@adsinc.com