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Lanham Act Violations

Microtech Knives and Marfione Custom Knives are committed to protecting both their customers and their brands. In late December of 2015, it came to our attention that a former employee, Tim Flynn, is selling Microtech and Marfione Custom knives built with parts claimed to have been acquired “from 6 years of Microtech dumpster diving” and other dubious sources.

 

Our customers must be able to rely on the Microtech and Marfione Customs brands. We do our utmost to build extremely high quality knives and we will similarly do our utmost to prevent people from being duped by counterfeits and knives of questionable origin or quality.

 

The primary reason that we personally produce 98% of every component of Microtech and Marfione Customs knives is to ensure quality, workmanship, fit and function.

 

Microtech and Marfione Customs filed a civil action on January 12, 2016 in the Federal Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Flynn for violations of the Lanham Act as well as for breach of a signed agreement.

 

We are not seeking monetary damages. The objective of the lawsuit is to stop the sale of non-genuine Microtech and Marfione Customs knives by Flynn and to prevent any further use of components or parts he removed from our facility in Bradford, PA.

 

It has always been our written policy that “All scrap material and parts remain the property of the Company”. All employees must acknowledge their reading of the work policies and regulations upon their hiring.

 

It has also been our policy and practice not to simply discard parts, much less complete knives. Whatever waste parts that occur are de-milled and rendered un-useable. Scrap metal is sold to a recycling service.

 

In recent months, Microtech has devoted considerable effort to customer service issues. We can confidently and emphatically state that knives returned to us for servicing will be quickly addressed and serviced with the correct parts by our experienced staff and promptly returned.