Tuesday, March 08, 2005

More golf ball patent wars?

from pga.com:

In its complaint in D. Delaware, Bridgestone charges Acushnet with "willful infringement" of 10 U.S. patents from Bridgestone Sports' patent portfolio covering multi-piece solid core golf ball technology. Among the Acushnet balls charged with infringement are the Titleist Pro V1, Titleist Pro V1x, Titleist NXT, Titleist NXT Tour, Titleist DT SoLo, and Pinnacle Exception.

Bridgestone officials said they are seeking an injunction against Acushnet from infringing upon their patents and for unspecified compensation for damages that have occurred as a result of past infringement. In addition, Bridgestone asked the court for a declaratory judgment of non-infringement with respect to four U.S. patents owned by Acushnet.

"During the course of several months of negotiations with Acushnet, we attempted to settle this dispute; however, when negotiations failed, Acushnet left us with no other course of action, but to file suit," said Bridgestone Sports President Hisashi Kawano. "We remain hopeful that this matter can be settled, but in the meantime, we must protect our intellectual property rights."


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