CLEVELAND GOLF has filed a trademark infringement, unfair competition and trademark dilution against Callaway Golf for imprinting the name 'Roger Cleveland' on its new Mack Daddy 2 wedges.
In 1990, Roger Cleveland sold all shares and ownership interest in the Roger Cleveland Golf Company he founded, later leaving the company to join the Callaway Golf in 1996.
Cleveland Golf was understandably disappointed when Callaway’s Mack Daddy 2 wedges were released this summer with 'DESIGNED BY ROGER CLEVELAND' stamped on the back of them.
In short, Callaway is being sued because it put Roger Cleveland's name on a wedge that he designed.
Cleveland Golf is allegedly the owner of multiple federally registered trademarks, which the company believes is being infringed upon.
The company is also stating that using the name Roger Cleveland on Callaway wedges confuses the marketplace, and misleads consumers to thinking that the wedges are affiliated with or originated from Cleveland Golf.
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