Archive: March, 2007

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Mar2007
Nelson Precision Casting’s patents and patent applications have been a frequent topic on this blog. Club manufacturers, regardless of physical location, better keep an eye on Nelson’s rapidly growing patent portfolio because they are positioning themselves to have a portfolio that blocks all other club manufacturers from using advanced manufacturing ... Read More

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Mar2007
The “IP Grab of the Week” award goes to Callaway for their golf ball patent application titled “Liquid-Filled Golf Ball With Preferential Internal Structures.” The application is absolutely fascinating and leaves one thinking “why didn’t I think of that?” The invention is described as: A golf ball having a spherical ... Read More

16

Mar2007
As you may recall, a recent post discussed USPN 7,186,190 that issued to Taylor Made Golf regarding their “r” series weighting system. Well, just one week later USPN 7,189,169 “Customizable Center-of-Gravity Golf Club Head” issued to Dogleg Right Corporation directed to another weighting system. There is no doubt that number ... Read More

15

Mar2007
BrandWeek recently published a great article titled “Team Colors? Meet The Team Of Lawyers.” The article points our that college licensing departments are on the warpath and are successfully convincing courts that distinctive college colors, such as scarlet and grey, have developed secondary meaning. Everyone involved in product development (whether ... Read More

14

Mar2007
Design patents directed to golf balls are not very common. However, USPN D538,361 issued this week to Bridgestone Sports. It is the only golf ball design patent to issue in almost seven months (whereas several golf ball utility patents issue every week)...

14

Mar2007
Those in the golf industry know that the USGA recently announcement proposed golf equipment rule changes. One of the proposed changes has to do with regulations of the grooves in the face of a golf club striking surface. OK, that makes sense… we all know that the grooves have some ... Read More

13

Mar2007
Don’t believe the hype… Check out these square wood patents. One of the earliest square driver patents is disclosed in USPN D415,807, that issued October 26, 1999 to Frank Werner author of “How Golf Clubs Really Work and How to Optimize Their Design” and “Better Golf from New Research.” Frank ... Read More

12

Mar2007
On March 6, 2007 Taylor Made Golf was awarded USPN 7,186,190 titled “Golf Club Head Having Movable Weights.” This is a big deal. In fact, Taylor Made values this niche so much that they filed 9 continuation patent applications on January 31st related to this patent. Does the following figure ... Read More

09

Mar2007
Once obtained, trademark rights can last indefinitely. However, in order to protect and maintain these rights, a trademark owner must properly use their mark. It is important to remember that trademark rights are based on use. Thus, failure to use a mark properly or to prevent others from misusing or ... Read More

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Mar2007
Logos play an important part in marketing and brand recognition in the golf industry. Take, for example, Nike’s “Swoosh,” Callaway’s “V,” or King Cobra’s “Snake Wearing a Crown.” These golf logos have become immediately recognizable as identifying the source of particular goods and services. Typically, companies will invest a lot ... Read More