You may have heard the news that Shockwave, the makers of the Shockwave Blade AR Pistol Stabilizer, were being sued by SB Tactical of the SB-15 Arm Brace fame. I personally have reviewed/used both products and was really surprised to hear about the law suit against Martin Ewer, Shockwave and KAK Industry as the Blade really is nothing at all like the SB-15 and works completely different. The SB-15 is designed to wrap around your arm and is made from a soft rubber material. The Blade is designed to create friction against the side of your forearm and is made of a hard polymer material. Come to find out the law suit has more to do with the looks of the Blade than anything else which again makes no sense as they really don’t look alike in my opinion.
Martin Ewer of Shockwave Technologies said:
To ensure that my design was free and clear of any patent entanglements, I did my due diligence, hiring a patent attorney to review my device against everything else out there. After exhaustive research, my attorney wrote a Freedom to Operate letter on July 30, 2014, stating that my device did not infringe on any utility patents or design patents on record, including those of Alessandro “Alex” Bosco. With specific regard to Bosco’s design patent D706,896 for the SigTac SB-15, my attorney wrote: “[This is] not germane to your invention.”
I launched the Blade in early March of this year (2015). Much to my surprise—and that of everybody I’ve told this story to—NST Global LLC (aka SB Tactical aka Alessandro Bosco aka Alex Bosco) filed a lawsuit against my company within just two months of the Blade hitting the market. His claim? That I am infringing on his cosmetic design patent, D706,896. Yes, the very same patent that my attorney wrote wasn’t even germane to discussions about the Blade. Looking at the pictures below, the two products couldn’t look more dissimilar in my opinion.
More information regarding the lawsuit is available in a blog post on www.ShockwaveTechnologies.com where you can also donate towards the Shockwave Technologies legal defense fund if you feel compelled to do so. You can also view the original lawsuit documents HERE.