The golf ball wars between Callaway Golf and Titleist continue, with a couple of new lawsuits announced.
Callaway has announced a new patent infringement lawsuit in United States District Court for the District of Delaware, alleging that the new 2009 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls infringe patents owned by Callaway.
That suits follows a permanent injunction that halted sales of earlier versions of the Pro V1 family of golf balls and led to a U.S. recall of the products in question.
“We were disappointed to discover that Titleist and Acushnet have again used patented Callaway technology in their Pro V1 golf balls,” said Steve McCracken, senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Callaway Golf, in a statement.
“As long as Titleist, or any other competitor, continues to introduce products that we believe infringe our patents, we will continue to seek relief in the courts. We expect to prevail in the second suit as well,” said McCracken.
Acushnet has vowed to defend that claim, saying that the new Pro V1 products were made outside the claims of all Callaway patents.
“These actions do not impact our customers’ and golfers’ ability to purchase and play our new Pro V1 golf balls,” said Acushnet chairman and chief executive officer Wally Uihlein in a release.
Acushnet also announced a patent infringement lawsuit against Callaway, saying that Callaway’s Tour I and Tour ix golf balls infringe nine of its patents covering multi-piece, solid core technology.
“We respect the valid intellectual property of others and expect others to respect ours,” said Joe Nauman, executive vice president of corporate and legal for Acushnet, in a statement.
“We believe that disagreements like these are best dealt with between the companies involved and we have repeatedly attempted to resolve these disputes,” he added.
“When these discussions failed, Callaway left us with no other course of action but to move forward with this lawsuit. We are hopeful that these matters can be resolved, but we will continue to protect our intellectual property rights.”