While utility patent applications are often pie-in-the-sky dreams of designs and technologies that may never make it to the market, design patent applications are generally directly correlated with a product that is coming to market (or got canned at very last minute).
This makes two design patents that issued this week to Cobra Golf very interesting. The applications were filed in April 2013; so they took longer than average to issue as a patent. Additionally, the filing date and the unclaimed portion of the design that we can see on the toe and sole in the drawings below suggest that this yet-to-be-seen technology was, at some point, likely intended to be incorporated in the Bio Cell product line.
Clearly this face-channel concept/technology was not incorporated in the Bio Cell product line, yet they paid the fees for the patents to issue when they could have just let the applications go abandoned and no one would ever see the designs. It makes one wonder, are we going to see some type of face-channel technology in the next product launch by Cobra Golf?
Check out these drawings!
Now pay close attention to the following two side elevation views, as they clearly illustrate a perimeter channel around the face.
Let the speculation begin!