Five years after Callaway filed a lawsuit asserting that Acushnet’s Titleist Pro VI golf balls infringed on four Callaway patents, a request for a new trial was dismissed and the case was officially closed at the U.S. District level. Calloway can still appeal in the Federal Circuit.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware provided its final judgment on April 21 in a long-running patent dispute between Callaway Golf and Acushnet, the golf business of Fortune brands that markets products under the Titleist and Footjoy brands.
The presiding judge provided a final judgment in favor of Acushnet by denying Callaway’s request for a new trial, thereby officially closing the case in the U.S. District Court more than five years after Callaway filed a lawsuit in February 2006 asserting that Acushnet’s Titleist Pro V1 golf balls infringed on four Callaway patents.
The dispute began in January 2006 when Acushnet requested that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) reexamine the four patents in question. In March 2010, a jury determined that all four patents were invalid as obvious and anticipated. A year later, the PTO affirmed the patent examiner’s decision that the claims of four Callaway Golf patents were invalid. The latest ruling upheld the jury verdict on obviousness and rejected Callaway’s request for a new trial. Callaway does still have the option to appeal the case to the Federal Circuit.
“Today’s positive ruling substantiates what our contention has been throughout this process, that the patents in question were invalid and should never have been issued,” said Joe Nauman, Executive Vice President Corporate and Legal, Acushnet Company. “We had confidence that once we had the opportunity to present all the evidence, and as we continued to receive favorable rulings from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, we would prevail. The confirmation by the U.S. District Court is another significant step in finalizing this case.”