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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Bridgestone sues Titleist

Bridgestone is suing Titleist over supposed patent infringements. They've apparently been "discussing" said infringements for "months" with no settlement. Bridgestone claims Titleist (Acushnet) balls including Titleist® Pro V1™, the Titleist® Pro V1x™, the Titleist® NXT™, Titleist® NXT Tour, the Titleist® DT SoLo, and the Pinnacle® Exception™ golf balls are all in violation.

I wonder if it is just a coincidence that about 1 week before this news becomes public, Titleist announces completely "New" versions of their golf balls. Did they change the manufacturing process or some technology in the "new" version to avoid further claims from Bridgestone?

My pals over at The Sand Trap cover this in a little more detail.

Jason (you know who you are): You guys must be sitting back in your chairs laughing...


  • At 3:03 PM, Blogger A WALK IN THE PARK said…

    As an IP lawyer advising some of the biggest Internet companies in the world on Patent infringment, this stinks to me of a shake down. If i were Titleist, I'd bunker down and get ready for an expensive bill...maybe bring an action to have bridgestone patent invalidated.

  • At 5:22 PM, Blogger mediaguru @ HookedOnGolfBlog.com said…

    They can afford it.


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