Magpul sues airsoft company for piggybacking on its name

Magpul Industries filed suit against an airsoft company for patent and trademark violations.

In the complaint filed in a Colorado federal court on Jan. 8, the popular firearm accessory maker alleges Command Airsoft Technologies infringed on three Magpul-branded airsoft designs: an angled fore grip, vertical fore grip, and a adjustable stock.

Also, Magpul alleges four counts of trademark infringement, claiming Command tried to piggyback on of Magpul’s reputation. The company says Command created consumer confusion by using trademarked materials.

It’s common for airsoft companies to sell toys that use aesthetic features of popular gun designs, which they either license or stop producing after getting sued. It’s also common for major gun companies to partner with Magpul to create variants of already popular models.

Magpul, headquartered in Texas but has a facility in Wyoming and an office still in Colorado, says it wrote several cease and desist letters to Command before filing suit.

Command describes itself on its website as a wholesaler, distributor and retailer of airsoft guns and gear and is based out of Ball Ground, Georgia.

For relief, Magpul asks the court to order Command to stop using the designs, have the current stock of the items destroyed, and three times the amount of damages and legal fees. Magpul says it’s eligible for up to $2 million per use of counterfeit mark.