Earlier this week I received a press release from my contact over at SIG Sauer saying that they’ve initiated a lawsuit against Springfield Armory for patent infringement.
The press release stated that Springfield had violated two different patents on the higher capacity micro compact magazine that the P365 series come with, and is seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages. Springfield Armory announced their response yesterday. Here is a portion from their announcement:
Sig Sauer, Inc. has alleged in a federal court complaint that Springfield Armory’s Hellcat® magazines infringe two patents Sig owns. However, Springfield Armory is steadfast in its conviction that those claims are without merit. The innovative design of the Hellcat® magazine is our own and works only with the Hellcat®. The superior design of the Hellcat® magazine is able to hold more rounds in an overall smaller magazine. Springfield Armory’s Hellcat® magazine was independently awarded several patents of its own and has received numerous industry recognitions.
Then their company president, Steve McKelvain went on to say the following:
We feel that these claims are frivolously litigious in nature and designed to thin out the competition in an increasingly crowded firearms market. Springfield Armory will vigorously defend its right to produce the class-leading patented Hellcat® handgun and magazines for our loyal customers––past, present and future.
We will keep you updated on developments between these two companies and anything that comes from this.
Next, read my comparison of the P365XL vs the Hellcat.