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Feb2007
The close of another fiscal year at the USPTO brings forth some interesting statistics. For instance, the number of new patent applications filed in FY 2006 rose to 443,652, up over 8% from the 409,532 applications filed in FY 2005. Additionally, despite the USPTO hiring over 1200 new patent examiners, ... Read More
February 7, 2007admin
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Feb2007
Golf fanatics will recognize Karsten’s patent application, US Pub. No. 2007/0026964, titled "Golf Club Head with Dual Durometer Face Insert" as being directed to the PING G5i putter. After reading this application and the prior art cited in the file wrapper’s IDS, I am convinced that Karsten performed a comprehensive ... Read More
February 6, 2007admin
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Feb2007
The 30 most recently issued design patents directed to golf shoes (non-cleat related) have issued to Acushnet (aka FootJoy). In fact, a golf shoe related design patent hasn’t issued to anyone other than Acushnet since October 2001. The most recent Acushnet golf shoe design patent is D533,706, a figure from ... Read More
February 6, 2007admin
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Feb2007
This week’s “IP Grab of the Week” award goes to Nelson Precision Casting’s US patent application titled “Golf Club Head,” US Pub. No. US2007/0026961. The invention is directed to a “recessed deformation portion” of the sole that has a variable material thickness to promote elastic deformation. The disclosed “recessed deformation ... Read More
February 5, 2007admin
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Feb2007
U.S. Patent No. 7,169,057 titled “Hollow and Metal Iron Golf Club Heads” issued this week to MacGregor Golf.All club manufacturers should give the ‘057 patent a close read, especially those considering introducing a set of clubs having a harder striking face on long irons than on short irons (claim 15) ... Read More
February 5, 2007admin

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Feb2007
Comparative advertising… what is that? Well, you are exposed to comparative advertising hundreds of times each day. You are influenced by it, perhaps without even noticing the influence. Some examples include... And the examples could go on and on. Therefore, surely there must be hundreds of examples of comparative advertising ... Read More
February 2, 2007admin

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Feb2007
Becoming a golf superstar comes with its fair share of responsibilities, including building and protecting your personal brand. Let’s take a look at what a few of the leaders are doing. Tiger Woods, more specifically his ETW Corp, have 19 registered trademarks and 11 applications. Perhaps the most famous of ... Read More
February 1, 2007admin

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Feb2007
The Trademark Dilution Revision Act (TDRA) of 2006 was recently passed and signed into law by President Bush. The TDRA changes many things, not the least of which is to overturn a Supreme Court trademark ruling. Perhaps the most important change to those in the golf industry is how a ... Read More
February 1, 2007admin

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Jan2007
A colleague of mine recently wrote an excellent article on willful patent infringement and the effects of patent counsel opinions, as well as potential waiver of privilege issues. Recently many in-house counsel changed their patent infringement opinion practices in light of the "no adverse inference" decision in Knorr-Bremse Systeme Fuer ... Read More
January 31, 2007admin

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Jan2007
Manufacturers that find themselves listed on the USGA Non-conforming Drivers List should be proud of this accomplishment. After all, manufacturers don’t make the List by designing boring "status quo" clubs. It is the manufacturers that push the envelope who end up on the List...
January 31, 2007admin