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Callaway wins patent infringement suit against Titleist Pro V1 maker

12/14/2007 - Golf

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Callaway Golf has won a patent
infringement case against Acushnet, the maker of the popular
Titleist Pro V1 ball.

Callaway filed suit in June in U.S. District Court in Delaware
alleging Acushnet's Titleist Pro V1 line of golf balls infringed on
patents owned by Callaway. Jurors found in favor of Callaway on
four of the five patents, Callaway spokeswoman Michele Szynal said
Friday.

"We have now established in court that our golf ball patents
are valid, and that Titleist Pro V1 golf balls infringe those
patents," she said. "We will immediately start the process of
requesting an appropriate remedy, including injunctive relief and
damages."

The Titleist Pro V1 line of golf balls, introduced in 2000, is
used by a majority of players on the pro tours.

In its complaint, Callaway said the patents involve
technological breakthroughs in producing multilayer, solid core
balls that resulted "in performance that had previously eluded the
industry" and revolutionized the game.

Acushnet said the Titleist Pro V1 is based on more than 70 of
its own patents.

In a statement, Acushnet said it believes it will prevail in the
case and was awaiting a decision on a motion for judgment.

"The jury's mixed decision has created ambiguity that will have
to be resolved post-trial," said Joseph Nauman, an Acushnet
executive vice president.