This is the information I received from Mr. Pasulka (Trademark council), for
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (SAC).
Recently, SAC has come to the conclusion that the company is losing
considerable revenue by the selling of non licensed products that they have
not endorsed. At this time they intend to pursue all companies involved in
the selling of these products. This includes models as well as spare parts
and other things. SAC considers Ebay as a worldwide company and is a major
visible outlet for there products. SAC has been searching the internet for
certain groupings of words, Sikorsky, helicopter, sale,etc. This is how they
found my auction. They intend to go up the line to distributors and
importers, as well as the US Customs service to prevent the import of
un-licensed models. That is all SAC models at this time. They say they will
and do intend to do this soon.
SAC says at this time that they have no agreements with "any" model
manufacturer to produce any plastic (kits) models of their products. They
have for the last few months been trying to contact Revell by letter and
have had no positive response. In their words, Revell is ignoring the
requests to work things out.
I think I need to discuss the legal issue as far as the right to sell
something like a model. Again, according to SAC every contract to build a
military item is different. For instance the name "Black Hawk". As explained
to me, the name Blackhawk was used by Sikorsky personnel to talk about the
helicopter under development. The military decided they liked the name and
received from SAC permission to use the name. However SAC has final say so
on how it is used. An agreement between the government and say General
Dynamics on the F-16 might be totally different on the use of the Fighting
Falcon name or the likeness of the aircraft. The point is that there is no
consistency to all the planes, tanks, ships that have been produced for the
government and the ability of Monogram,Tamiya or Italeri to build a replica
of it. The only way for sure is to explore the contract word for word.
According to SAC, they have been trying for years to reconcile this
situation (with Revell), and have now decided to get serious. They said they
would be happy to license the product if Revell would talk to them. SAC said
that it would cost 12-25 cents for an item that sold for $10.00 retail and
wholesaled for around $5.00. They charge fees on the wholesale price, not
I unfortunantly think this is a trend as companies look for new forms of
revenue. Well, that's the world. What do you guys think.
18 years ago