Avoiding Trademark Disaster

I love gun dealers. Gun shops are some of my favorite places, and I’ve spent more than a few pleasant hours over the kitchen table of a small gun dealer, taking delivery of a new treasure. Which is why it was so painful when I got a call for help from a gun dealer who was having a very “bad day.” He just got a scary letter from a big law firm demanding that he cease doing business under his current name, and threatening all sorts of financial and criminal penalties. I’m talking about a perfectly honest, legitimate, and honorable guy who thought he’d be making a  [...]

Are Patents Really Worth It?

I genuinely enjoy all the folks I’ve come to meet in this industry. In the dozen years I’ve been at the SHOT Show, I’ve met the whole spectrum: The superstars who have the respect of the entire industry, including their competitors; the quiet geniuses who work behind the scenes to provide some of the greatest innovations; the tough guys who love a fight (even in court – even if they’re bound to lose); the grumps who thoroughly conceal the fact that they love their work; the geeks who wouldn’t dream of working in any other industry, and one of my favorites: The  [...]

Cash for (Lawyer) Clunkers: How to Choose the Right Patent & Trademark Lawyer

A few months ago, I got a call from a Firearms Business owner I have gotten to know over the years. I met him more than a decade ago at my first SHOT show, and have stayed in touch since then. His surname is the company name (let’s call it “Bruno”), and he’s well known. Over the years, I’ve suggested that he really ought to protect some of his brand names now that his business was a growing and successful concern, but Mr. Bruno never wanted to invest in securing those patent and trademark assets. Rewind to a year or so ago. Bruno gave me a call asking about  [...]

Protecting the Value of Your Company: Is Fort Knox Empty?

In the wake of the recent financial crisis, people are thinking about what’s inside Fort Knox for the first time in a long time. Is there really enough gold there to back all the money being “printed” to fund all the bailouts and handouts? Even some politicians are calling for an “audit” of US gold reserves. Auric Goldfinger is probably perking up somewhere from his grave. So imagine that you held the keys to Fort Knox, and owned everything inside. Imagine traveling to Kentucky to visit your stash, and perhaps just to sift through the bars with a forklift,  [...]


(How Not to Look Like an Idiot When Writing About Firearms) Journalists.  Bless their hearts.  As a rule of thumb, any time we read a news story about a subject or incident we already know a lot about, it turns out that about 25% of what’s reported is simply wrong. This is why knowledgeable gun owners distrust many news stories involving guns: because too many “journalists” display an ignorance of firearms that would be laughable if it weren’t so appalling.  If they can’t get their facts straight about gun technology and shooting, then we don’t trust  [...]