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Does anyone know why Leica is not selling these in the USA?  I know Leica only recently won a court case in the UK, and can now sell these scopes there (Swarovski claimed patent infringement).  I'm wondering if Leica is facing a legal battle here, as well, but I cannot find any information on this.
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Has their been a new appeal?

I thought that Swarovski patent was upheld in a British court in August, but I have not looked into it since.

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Leica won an appeal in October, 2014.
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That is good to know.  I am sure they will have an update at SHOT.  I am scheduled to see Leica on Wednesday morning.

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I spoke to someone at Leica USA last week, and was told they aren't selling Magnus scopes in the USA.  I didn't ask why, but wish I would have done.
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Leica has won the legal battle in Europe and technically they can bring them here, although it will take a little effort to do so.

If they do bring them, it may not be for a bit.  I think they have their hands full with the introduction of ER5 scopes, so Magnus line is a low priority.

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What was the dispute over ?
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http://www.shootinguk.co.uk/news/leica-wins-legal-battle-starts-selling-magnus-riflescope-41127
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Swarovski somehow got a patent on a particular optical design feature. Should have never been granted.

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I just looked it up and the action taken by Swaro was ridiculous. Had to do with riflescopes with a wider zoom range than 4x and using a field flattening lens to get a sharp imagine throughout the magnification range and edge to edge in the FOV.
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