As you may recall from a prior post, Callaway sued Acushnet for golf ball patent infringement back in February of 2006. The suit (1:06-cv-00091-SLR) alleges that Acushnet infringed 4 patents and has roots that extend all the way back to a previously settled 1996 lawsuit between Spalding and Acushnet. A ...
November 19, 2007
As you may recall from a prior post, and the subsequent update, in early August Callaway filed two patent infringement lawsuits against TaylorMade.... (history).... On October 31st the Court reported that TaylorMade and Callaway participated in an Early Neutral Evaluation Conference and that there is hope that a full settlement ...
November 18, 2007
“Club head adjustability” does not receive quite as much marketing hype as “MOI,” but it sure gets a lot of attention. This week a patent application published that is directed to an interesting adjustable driver design (US Pub. No. 20070265108). Check out these drawings from the application........ I would like ...
Branding the Celebrity Athlete… An Example of Why Athlete Agents and Managers Must Monitor Trademark Filings; Has Tiger Woods Been Doing Some Tax Planning?
November 17, 2007
As if the agents and managers of celebrity athletes don’t have enough to do… an understanding of the trademark application and monitoring processes is essential (and not just in the US). So, what inspired this post? Recently a trademark application for the mark TIGER WOODS was filed in the US ...
November 16, 2007
Golf Magazine ranked the 50 biggest cities in terms of the “best place to live the golf life.” The rankings were based upon seven factors; weather, affordability, quality of courses, accessibility, number of courses designed by esteemed architects, availability, and crowdedness. Click here to read about golf in my town. ...
November 14, 2007
Tired of always having to fish around in your pockets to retrieve your golf tees? If so, this shirt may be just what you need...(figure)... Click here to check out USPN D554828 titled “Golf Shirt.” I couldn't make this stuff up!
The Golf-Patents blog loves to test your knowledge of iron club head designs (just click here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here to brush-up). Today’s test borders on the impossible (unless you work for the company). The figure below comes from a golf club design patent that ...
Another GPS Lawsuit, This Time GPS Industries Finds Themselves on the Receiving End… ProLink Sues GPS Industries and Others
November 11, 2007
Regular readers of the Golf-Patents blog know all about the patent litigation in the golf GPS industry. Well, add another lawsuit to the mix. On November 1st ProLink sued GPS Industries (click here to view the Complaint). The lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgment that USPN 5685786 is invalid and not ...
GPS Industries Files Reply Brief in Support of Their Motion for Preliminary Injunction Against SkyHawke (maker of the SkyCaddie product)… Now it is up to the Court to Rule on the Motion… Plus My Prediction
November 10, 2007
Update on the SkyCaddie injunction issue... As you may recall, GPS Industries singled out SkyHawke (maker of SkyCaddie) and filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in an attempt to stop sales of the SkyCaddie devices. In response, SkyHawke filed a pretty compelling response to the preliminary injunction motion. This week ...