Century Arms Files Lawsuit In Arizona Against Xtech Tactical

Century Arms Files Lawsuit In Arizona Against Xtech Tactical Over Mag Designs
Century Arms Files Lawsuit In Arizona Against Xtech Tactical Over gun magzines' distinctive waffle and tread pattern design.

Delray Beach, Florida – -(AmmoLand.com)- Century Arms, North America’s premier AK manufacturer, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona against XTech Tactical, LLC (“XTECH”) and Jeremy Deadman alleging violations of Century’s trade dress rights under the Lanham Act and Arizona law concerning XTECH’s sale of AK-47 magazines and grips.

Previously, Century filed a similar action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, which it voluntarily dismissed prior to service of process. XTECH is an Arizona based company and Jeremy Deadman is an Arizona resident who is XTECH’s Director of Sales and Marketing. Click here to view a copy of the complaint and the exhibits.

To learn more about Century Arms and their products, visit www.centuryarms.com

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  • 5 thoughts on “Century Arms Files Lawsuit In Arizona Against Xtech Tactical

    1. If anything, Magpul should be suing Century, over the US Palm magazine. It’s much closer in design to Magpul than to Xtech.

      I think what’s really at issue here is that:
      >Century blew it in not properly protecting their property, by purchasing the US Palm material from Molded Devices
      >XTech is at fault for representing the US Palm design at a trade show.
      This isn’t “petty”, a company must attack what it feels are infringements on their property. If they don’t, it’s the same as saying they don’t care. I don’t know what the statute of limitations is, I think in Arizona its 2 years. XTech displayed the infringing magazine last year almost to the day.
      I think Century has a case against XTech, but only for damages that can be assigned to the display of the infringing design. If the lawsuit focuses on the current design, I think they’ll lose.

      1. Hello, your point would be valid if the legal requirements had existed on Century Arm’s end. They are well aware they did not. We had no idea they had filed an “intend to use” on the phrase “US Palm” in August of 2017. US Palm also had shut down prior to Oct 2017. We even met with Century during the event at their booth. None of us recall seeing them by our booth at all. They said nothing about their filing. They recently posted in a comment on US Palm’s Facebook page, an image intentionally not showing the date of the price list. The trademark held by SGC Tactical had expired due to non renewal in June of 2017. So during that show no company has legal merit to make any claims. Century first notified XTech Tactical’s manufacturer of their trade mark filing in January of 2018. XTech Tactical never sold any or had any intention of selling any products marked with the US Palm name or logo. They state that they acquired US Palm/Black Swan Gear in March of 2018, seven months after filing the trademark on their name. Other than giving notice in wiriting companies place a “TM” next to the phrase if a trade mark is pending and an “circled R” after the trademark is issued. This asserts a claim to what it follows. Century Arms never used the name “US Palm” publicly until Sept. 2018. Also, no AK grip has ever been sold as an XTech Tactical product. When it was discovered Tango Down was the owner of the design of both US Palm products, never sold them and was cut out of the deal, the manufacturer we work with elected to allow Tango Down to bring it back to market as their BG-AK. We as XTech Tactical are proud to be a dealer for Tango Down and to continue to work with them. The MAG47 does not require the use of any other parties IP to produce.

    2. Waffling is done to strengthen without adding tons of weight. Been around for a very long time. Century Arms are just being tools.

    3. Going strictly from comments and people’s reports of personal experience that I’ve read under various YouTube videos (such as “AK Operators Union Local 47-74” or AKOU for short, where they take all kinds of AK style firearms and basically beat them to death to see how well they take the punishment), and from posts in various online forums and websites like this one and such, that Century Arms has sold a tremendous number of AK’s that do not hold up well under prolonged / heavy use. U.S. made barrels are not chrome lined nor good for high round count use like their foreign original counterparts are, the bolt carriers are cast in some models instead of hammer forged, so the tang that hits and recocks the hammer in the firing mechanism tends to quickly wear and get all mashed up in just a few thousand rounds, and so on and so forth. For anyone truly interested, instead of replying here to argue or to ask 10,000 questions, simply go and look up the above AKOU channel on YouTube _and_ Full30.com, and watch his high round / heavy use punishment / AK wear test videos, and see for yourself how the various U.S. version AK’s stack up when used really hard. Hard to argue with such well documented results.

      Long story short is that for many in the AK community, Century Arms is not a highly thought of company. It appears to me that they do make some certain models well, going by those who speak highly of them, and a few others that may be okay for casual use, meaning for someone who isn’t going to be anything remotely close to using up a 1000 rounds every month even 1000 rounds a year so some such, and the weak spots – as far as I can tell by reading many others accounts – is that the American made barrels they use simply don’t compare well to the chrome lined built for full auto use foreign made (Russian / Bulgarian / etc.) barrels. And of course, the use of inferior cast parts where hammer forged would be best is a complaint you will see quite often. YMMV, but I am confident that many of you out there have also seen a tremendous number of complaints about Century Arm’s AK’s, and so this comment is basically directed at those who may not have researched this out for themselves, yet.

      Condensed to one sentence: Carefully do your own research _before_ throwing your hard earned money around!

    4. sorry but,
      screw Century Arms.

      Let a little guy compete. It’s not a copy, just similar.
      If they can do this, they can put most component makers out of business.

      look at all the AS lowers. They are essentially identical.

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