Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Wow, Callaway Golf and Acushnet Golf Really Hate Each Other


Back in 2006, Callaway Golf sued Titleist (and the parent company Acushnet) for copyright infringement with the Pro V1.

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, Callaway filed suit on Thursday alleging that the Titleist Pro V1 ball uses technology covered by four patents that Callaway acquired when it purchased Top-Flite Golf out of bankruptcy in 2003.

Callaway was the second company, behind Bridgestone, to sue Titleist about their golf balls.

This morning I woke up to find this email in my inbox about Acushnet suing Callaway. Payback is a biiiiitch.

Acushnet filed a patent infringement lawsuit today against Callaway Golf in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. In its complaint, Acushnet asserts that Callaway’s Tour i and Tour ix golf balls infringe nine United States patents from Acushnet's extensive golf ball patent portfolio covering multi-piece, solid core technology.

“As the industry leader, we respect the valid intellectual property of others and expect others to respect ours,” said Joe Nauman, Executive Vice President, Corporate and Legal, Acushnet Company. “We believe that disagreements like these are best dealt with between the companies involved and we have repeatedly attempted to resolve these disputes. When these discussions failed, Callaway left us with no other course of action but to move forward with this lawsuit. We are hopeful that these matters can be resolved, but we will continue to protect our intellectual property rights.”


All this is obviously tied to how close the golf balls tend to be (it's a three-piece ball for goodness sakes!) and probably how much the people inside the R&D studios know of the other teams.

I'm just hoping we don't get Phil Mickelson suing Adam Scott anytime for half-mullet infringement.

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