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, Big Kahuna II, and the Rolling Sherpa IIz bags infringe the ‘902 patent. Click A travel bag fabricated of flexible material such as nylon and is combined with a specialized rigid support to form combination. The support is configured to protect portions of the bag which are subject to high wear and tear during normal use. In addition, the support is formed to receive and hold wheels therein which facilitate transportation of the bag. The support is constructed of a high impact rigid material such as plastic to resist wear due to friction and impact which may accompany a bag in use. The support is specially arranged to cooperate with the flexible portion of the bag. The shape of the support tends to defend the corners of the bag against particular wear. The flexible main portion and the support portions are affixed together.
The ‘902 patent appears to be directed to the collapsibility of the flexible bag portion to fit in the hard plastic portion as illustrated by the following figures from the patent.
This should be an interesting case to watch.
David Dawsey – Keeping an Eye on Golf Litigation