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Acushnet wins patent case against Callaway
March 15, 2011

In another victory for Acushnet Company in a long-running patent dispute with Callaway Golf, the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) affirmed the patent examiner's decision that the claims of four Callaway Golf patents are invalid.

Acushnet Company requested that the PTO reexamine the four patents in January 2006.  Callaway filed a lawsuit in February 2006 asserting that Acushnet's Titleist Pro V1 golf balls infringed certain claims of those patents.  In March 2010, a jury determined that all four patents were invalid as obvious and anticipated.

"Throughout this long-running dispute, first with Spalding and then its successor Callaway, Acushnet has always maintained that these patents are invalid and should never have been issued," said Joe Nauman, Executive Vice President Corporate and Legal, Acushnet Company.  "The Board of Patent Appeals' decision is one significant step closer to having that view finally and permanently confirmed by the court system."

Although appeal opportunities exist for both the Board of Patent Appeals decision and the jury verdict, Acushnet remains confident that all four patents will ultimately be confirmed invalid.

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