The Shooting Sports Group at Merchant & Gould includes many attorneys who are highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about firearms and the industry itself, many of whom have advanced degrees and relevant in-house and/or industry experience. Our special combination of experience and interest make us particularly well-suited to handle intellectual property issues in the firearms industry.
We have counseled clients and drafted and prosecuted patent and trademark applications on topics such as suppressors, flash hiders, triggers, ammunition, optical and electro-optical devices, receivers, ballistic armor and shields, as well as other components and accessories. We have also litigated cases involving shooting sports, firearm components and ammunition, provided legal opinions regarding validity and infringement issues, and provided advice and drafting experience on license agreements and joint development ventures among industry manufacturers.
Outside the office, several of our members are avid hunters, attend firearm training classes and have concealed carry permits in their respective states. Others have a passion for recreational shooting and compete in local and regional matches.
In short, we at Merchant & Gould recognize that long term client relationships are critical to the success of our firm and the longevity of our well-established name. By aligning ourselves with our clients’ interests, and providing legal and technical knowledge coupled with a true enthusiasm for the firearms industry, we are uniquely positioned to be a valued member of every client’s team in this field.