That Golf Ball You're Using Was Part Of A $246 Million Lawsuit

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Proof that anything can be patented and sports technology is worth a whole lot of money: a Delaware jury ruled Monday in favour of Titleist, rejecting a $246 million damages claim by Callaway that Titleist’s ProV1 ball violated its patents.Zach Lowe of The AmLaw Daily has the full background and report.

Howrey represented Titleist’s parent company Acushnet and argued that the patents, which dealt with the interior and exterior of golf balls and their ability to fly long, were too vague. The defence team shined a spotlight, Lowe reported, on Titleist’s history of innovations and the people behind those golf-related leaps forward.

This particular argument started between the companies long ago. Callaway won the early rounds, with a 2007 jury finding that the ProV1 did violate certain Callaway patents and an injunction followed. Those victories, earned by Callaway counsel Fish & Richardson, were erased when an appeals court granted Titleist a new trial.

Its also likely a long way from over — another suit over patents is pending in a Delaware court and Bloomberg said Callaway will ask for the verdict to be set aside.

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