Acushnet will appeal a ruling by a U.S. District Court in Delaware that grants a request by Callaway Golf for an injunction to stop sales of the current line of Titleist Pro V1 golf balls.
The ruling is the latest in a long-running dispute in which Callaway claims infringement of its company-held patents.
“We strongly disagree with the judge’s ruling and will file an appeal and seek relief from the injunction,” said Joe Nauman, executive vice president of corporate and legal for Acushnet.
“However, it’s important to recognize that this ruling will not have any impact on our ability to supply our customers with Pro V1 golf balls because of the actions which we have undertaken,” he added.
Titleist is expected to introduce a new line of Pro V1s for 2009.
“In September, 2008, we converted production of the existing Pro V1 models, so that they are outside of the patents in question and we have also developed and will be introducing new and improved
Titleist Pro V1 products in the first quarter of 2009 that are also outside the scope of the patents in question.
“We will continue to defend ourselves vigorously and we fully expect to prevail in having all claims of all four patents at issue determined to be invalid in the appeal process,” added Nauman.