Ashbury International Group Wins Patent Case on Modular Sniper Rifle Infringement

Troutman Sanders obtains judgment of patent validity, enforceability and infringement against firearms accessories manufacturer Cadex Defence.

Ashbury Precision Ordnance Saber-Forsst Modular Rifle Chassis System
Ashbury Precision Ordnance Saber-Forsst Modular Rifle Chassis System
Ashbury International Group
Ashbury International Group

RICHMOND, VA –-( In federal court last Friday, Judge Glen E. Conrad, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, entered a final judgment upholding the validity of Ashbury International Group, Inc.’s patent on its modular sniper rifle technology.

The court also held that Cadex Defence, Inc. of Canada infringed that patent, and enjoined Cadex from any future infringement. Ashbury was represented by Robert Angle, Rob Elliott and Virginia Flynn of Troutman Sanders LLP, and D. Alan Nunley of Reston, Virginia.

“We are very pleased with the final judgment, and feel confident that our intellectual property and the many innovative ideas that come from other small businesses, can in fact be protected, even in the hyper-competitive firearms industry. Ashbury’s innovations with the SABER-FORSST modular rifle chassis system and other tactical equipment can truly make a difference to military and law enforcement. Our customers in the government, military and sport shooting communities rely on Ashbury’s innovations. They deserve to have our best engineered designs particularly in life critical applications,” said Ashbury CEO and President Morris Peterson after entry of the judgment against Cadex.

“The court held that Ashbury’s patent is valid, and potential infringers now know that Ashbury will protect its valuable intellectual property,” said Robert Angle, the head of Troutman Sanders’ Litigation Department in Virginia and a leading intellectual property litigator in Richmond, VA. “This case validates the significant investment Ashbury has made in its technological innovations. Ashbury truly typifies the resurgence of American manufacturing and dedication to precision craftsmanship.”

Ashbury, a Central Virginia based small business located in Greene County, Virginia, is an eighteen year old DOD contractor, systems integrator, engineering, manufacturing and logistics company serving the government, military, and special operations communities in the United States and in allied foreign nations. Among its products, Ashbury has designed fully integrated precision rifle platforms using the advanced SABER®-FORSST® modular stock chassis system in small, medium and large calibers, for sporting, target competition and tactical shooting activities. Ashbury currently holds 16 US Patents relating to its advanced modular chassis system for precision bolt action rifle platforms, including the patent infringed by Cadex, U.S. Patent No. 7,802,392, and other patents pending. For more information on the patent infringement case see Ashbury International Group, Inc. v. Cadex Defence, Inc., Case No. 3:11cv79, filed on December 16, 2011, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

About Troutman Sanders
Troutman Sanders LLP is an international law firm with more than 600 lawyers and offices located throughout the United States and China. Founded in 1897, the firm’s heritage of extensive experience, exceptional responsiveness and an unwavering commitment to service has garnered strong, long-standing relationships with clients across the globe. These clients range from multinational corporations to individual entrepreneurs, federal and state agencies to foreign governments, and non-profit organizations to businesses representing virtually every sector and industry. For more information about Troutman Sanders, visit

Leave a Reply

Please Login to comment
Notify of