Typically when a golf club design patent issues to one of the major equipment players I expect to open it and see a club design that they introduced months ago, but not today. The US Patent and Trademark Office issues patents every Tuesday. Therefore, much of my Tuesday morning is ...
If you strip all the logos off a golf club head, the typical avid golfer can usually identify the manufacturer of the popular drivers… often the popular irons… and sometimes the popular putters..... but rarely the fairway woods of the large golf companies. Can you identify the producer of this fairway ...
Would you ever guess that a patent titled “Symbolically Reinforced Golf Club Head” would contain this iron design? Bling, bling....
Callaway Hyper X and Hyper X Tour Added to the List of Clubs Accused of Infringing Acushnet’s Golf Club Patents
April 26, 2008
As you may recall from a prior post, on June 8, 2007 Callaway filed a golf club patent infringement lawsuit alleging that Acushnet has willfully infringed 5 Callaway patents. Then, as discussed in a subsequent post, on July 12, 2007 Acushnet filed their Answer to the Complaint thereby stating (i) ...
Ah, the quest for the perfect golf ball. I keep looking for the one that guarantees to cut my handicap in half. No luck so far. I would never have guessed that the quest may lead me to a golf ball that I microwave to change the phase! Huh? OK, ...
April 23, 2008
Check out these figures contained in a golf related design patent that issued earlier this month. Can you guess what it is? (scroll way down in the post for the answer).....
Think You Could Buy a Real Cleveland Wedge for $30? It Would be Nice, But Get Real! Cleveland Golf Sues an Alleged Counterfeiter
April 20, 2008
Last week Roger Cleveland Golf Company, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Guangdong Yuedragon Casting Company, Ltd. ("Yuedragon") and Jack Dabing Wan ("Wan") alleging that they produced, sold, and shipped counterfeit Cleveland wedges to the United States. The following paragraphs from the Complaint do a good job of explaining the events that ...
April 19, 2008
Did you know that on October 17, 2007 John Daly was awarded a $2.7 million default judgment against Hippo Holdings? Unfortunately big John has not received a penny. It turns out that the tumultuous relationship between Daly and Hippo Holdings has been going on since 2000. The “catch” with the ...
More Patent Infringement Litigation in the Golf Industry….. West Coast Trends Inc. (aka The Makers of Club Glove Travel Bags) Sues Armor Gear for Patent Infringement
April 19, 2008
The company behind The Club Glove travel bags, which according to their website are the number one travel bags on Tour, have sued Armor Gear alleging infringement of USPN 7219902 titled “Flexible Travel Bag with Integrated Support to Protect Bag from Wear.” The Complaint alleges that Armor Gear’s Big Kahuna, ...
The IP Golf Guy Discusses “Setting Up a Small Business Intellectual Property Protection System” on the Small Business Advocate® Radio Program
April 18, 2008
I was honored to be a guest on the nationally syndicated Small Business Advocate® radio show this morning. Jim Blasingame and I discussed how a business, regardless of size, can set up a formal intellectual property protection system to capitalize on the fact that most of their value is found ...