Who gets the prestigious order for 120,000 assault rifles – arms manufacturer Haenel or competitor Heckler

A protracted dispute over a large order for 120,000 assault rifles is nearing its end. The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court announced that it intends to announce a decision on June 22. In the lawsuit, arms manufacturer C.G. Haenel against the decision of the Federal Armed Forces Procurement Office to exclude the Thuringian company from the procurement procedure because of patent infringement.

Haenel had failed before the procurement chamber of the Federal Cartel Office, now the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court is the final instance. Then it is clear whether competitor Heckler

In Munich, Haenel sued for the nullity of a Heckler patent

In the patent process, Heckler


The statements made by the presiding judge Christine Maimann have meanwhile led to dissatisfaction on the part of the Haenel lawyers. However, the judge felt misunderstood and said to one of Haenel’s lawyers: “Don’t twist the words around in my mouth.”

(This article was first published on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.)