Dispute over gun patent: Haenel prefers the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court

Thursday, 01/06/2022 12:22 PM from


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DÜSSELDORF / SUHL (dpa-AFX) – A patent dispute between the weapons companies Heckler & Koch and Haenel is entering the next round. “We have appealed,” said Haenels CFO Sven Lahl on Thursday of the dpa in Suhl. He did not provide any further information. In November, the gunsmith suffered a setback at the Düsseldorf regional court, and from the court’s point of view, Haenel infringed a HK patent on an assault rifle model. The court considered claims to recall and destruction to be justified.

Now the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court has to take a close look at the facts. An OLG spokeswoman confirmed the appeal process. There are no dates for this yet.

The Düsseldorf patent dispute is a side line in the permanent clinch between the armories from the Black Forest and the Thuringian Forest. Both companies are determined to have a major federal order for 120,000 assault rifles. It looks good for Heckler & Koch, but Haenel pulls out all the legal registers and still wants to get the contract. In March, the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court will also decide in a separate procedure whether Haenel can re-enter the race for the major order.

The major Bundeswehr order involves a fully automatic rifle, i.e. with a continuous fire function. The patent dispute, in turn, in which Haenel has now appealed, is about a semi-automatic rifle model used by the Saxony police and the Bremen police, for example.


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