The big news lately is that Callaway won a post trial motion to halt Titleist’s making of Pro V1’s on January 1, 2009. Dozens, if not hundreds of golf sites have covered this.
Titleist says their ability to deliver Pro V1’s won’t be affected at all because they’ve changed the way they produce them so that none of the patents they’re alleged to have infringed upon are being utilized. They also have said they’re rolling out a new version of the Pro V1 in the first quarter of 2009 which will also not utilize said patents.
“We strongly disagree with the judge’s ruling and will file an appeal and seek relief from the injunction. However, it’s important to recognize that this ruling will not have any impact on our ability to supply our customers with Pro V1 golf balls because of the following actions which we have undertaken. In September 2008, we converted production of the existing Pro V1 models so that they are outside of the patents in question, and we have also developed and will be introducing new and improved Titleist Pro V1 products in the first quarter of 2009 that are also outside the scope of the patents in question.”
When the new Pro V1 comes out it will be interesting to see what noticeable differences, if any, there will be.