Callaway Golf Ball Company, today strongly denied any infringement of golf ball patents held by Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., a Japanese golf ball manufacturer.
Chuck Yash, President of Callaway Golf Ball Company, stated further that Callaway Golf Ball Company will attack the validity of those Bridgestone patents that are cited in the suit filed by Bridgestone in federal court in Atlanta, Georgia.
“This suit by Bridgestone has no merit,” said Mr. Yash. “We have no doubt that we will prove we do not infringe on any Bridgestone patent”.
“ We approached Bridgestone shortly before the launch of our ‘Rule 35’ golf balls at the Orlando show to discuss various areas where we might be able to work together, and raised the idea of a license of various Bridgestone golf ball patents that could apply as we explore future products.”
“The ‘Rule 35’ golf balls do not infringe any Bridgestone patents. We will file our own request that the court invalidate the Bridgestone patents in question, and we look forward to getting our day in court.”
Callaway Golf Ball officials suggested that the Bridgestone lawsuit is a pre-emptive marketing ploy against a successful new entrant into the ball market.
“It probably is no coincidence that this action has been taken after the Callaway ‘Rule 35’ golf ball has gained a significant share of the U.S. premium golf ball market for a new entrant, and is about to be launched in September in Japan” Mr. Yash said.
The “Rule 35” golf balls are the culmination of more than three years of research and development, and an investment of more than $170 million dollars.