Last week I posted about an interesting Nike patent application directed to golf clubs incorporating a fluid-filled bladder. Imagine my surprise this week when a patent issued to Fu Sheng Industrial, the world’s largest OEM manufacturer of golf club heads, directed to a remarkably similar design.
The Fu Sheng patent is USPN 7326127 titled “Golf Club Head with Gas Cushion.” Check out these drawings from the patent.
Compare the Fu Sheng patent (USPN 7326127 titled “Golf Club Head with Gas Cushion”) to Nike’s published application (US Pub. No. 20080015050 titled “Golf Clubs and Golf Club Heads Having Fluid-Filled Bladders and/or Interior Chambers”). Turns out that great minds do think alike.
Looks like we probably will see a club make it to market with a fluid-filled bladder.
David Dawsey – The Golf Lawyer