Titleist and Callaway bury the hatchet

GOLF industry heavyweights Titleist (Acushnet Company) and Callaway Golf announced this week they have buried the hatchet over their long running legal disputes.

Callaway Golf originally sued Titleist back in 2006 for alleged patent infringements centring around the very popular ProV1 golf ball and there were fears at various times production of the balls might cease.

Lengthy legal battles ensued with counter claims and appeals seeing the matter drag out in the courts for more than six years.

The companies released a one paragraph statement this week announcing the dispute had been resolved with no money changing hands.

No details of the settlement were released with a confidentiality agreement being signed by both parties.

Their joint statement said: “Acushnet Company and Callaway Golf Company jointly announced today that they have reached a settlement of all pending litigation and disputes, including disputes beyond the golf ball suits between the parties. No money changed hands, but under the terms of the agreement, each company will have specified rights to make golf ball and club products under patents owned by the other. Details of the settlement are confidential.”

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. A former Sydney journalist, he launched ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples and Karrie Webb. He has also reported on numerous amateur tournaments, particularly national senior and veteran events. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best Golf News Report 2016 - 2017.


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