The Callaway vs Acushnet (parent company of Titleist) patent case has been going on now for about five years. It has been like a boxing match with each heavyweight fighter seemingly getting knocked out, only to gain consciousness at the last second and deliver a near-knockout blow of their own.
Callaway scored a big victory in 2007, forcing Acushnet to stop selling the current revision of the ProV1, though that took nearly two years to happen. Acushnet was forced to change the golf balls at that time. I remember those few months when my buddies were stocking up on ProV1’s, just in case the new versions weren’t as good. Acushnet later won an appeal on that ruling, and the court game was back on.
This past time around, Acushnet won as the judge upheld a jury verdict from March 2010, determining that the four patents in dispute were invalid. Callaway was denied a request for a new trial. Callaway has the option to appeal, but apparently will start a new suit for alleged infringement of other patents.
Acushnet’s Press Release Below – Click read more if you can’t see it
Wow this is big. Acushnet (parent company to Titleist, FootJoy, Cobra and Pinnacle) has agreed to sell the Cobra brand and all intellectual property to Puma. This is a big wow.
Press release below:
I’m all for busting counterfeiters of golf gear. Acushnet (parent company of Titleist, Cobra and FootJoy) aided in bringing down some major counterfeiters on eBay, resulting in nine arrests. This is good.
Click “read more” below to read the press release.
Wow this is big news for Titleist/Acushnet. A court of appeals granted their request for a new trial regarding their golf ball patent dispute with Callaway Golf.
Click the read more link below to view Acushnet’s press release from yesterday.