Legal Issues May Make the Titlest Pro V1 Disappear!

Better stock up on those $4.00 per ball Titleist Pro-V1, because if Callaway golf has their way, they may be going off shelves by January 2009..Here’s why;

The case, Callaway Golf Co. v. Acushnet Co., filed in 2006, arose from Callaway’s contention that Titleist’s Pro V1 balls infringed on a number of golf ball patents. After a December 2007 trial, the jury found all but one of Callaway’s patent claims to be valid.

Callaway owns the patents through its ownership of the Spalding family of golf brands. Spalding filed for the patents in 1999 and 2001; they were granted in 2001 and 2003. The inventor of the patents, Michael J. Sullivan, has worked for Acushnet since 2000.

Callaway Golf won a post-trial motion Monday in the patent case against the maker of Titleist golf balls – and the court ordered sales of the latter company’s hallmark product, Pro V1 balls, to stop no later than New Year’s Day.

You may still be able to spend $50 for a dozen Titleist balls however; it is unlikely that Pro V1s will disappear from the shelves very soon. As part of its appeal, Acushnet is likely to file motions suspending the operation of the injunction pending the outcome of the appeal, as most appealing parties do. (Acushnet representatives would not comment on the case beyond the statement mentioned above.)

Even though it has won injunctive relief, Callaway will also be seeking monetary damages. Those could amount to $100 million, said a source close to the situation who asked not to be indentified.  If you still want to stock up, check out our friends at GolfGalaxy.com for some of the lowest prices on Titleist Pro-V1 Golf Balls.

5 Responses to “Legal Issues May Make the Titlest Pro V1 Disappear!”

  1. xnavyct says:

    ProV1’s disappear around me anyway. In the water hazard guarding #4…in the woods behind the green on #7, when I overshoot it…you get the idea.

    I still have a dozen brand-new ProV1’s from 2007 that I received, that I don’t want to play, lol…

  2. Christian says:

    Hang on to those…you’ll be able to get $500 for a dozen on ebay after they go away. 😉

  3. Jake Jacobs says:

    I’ve played Titleist balls, both as a professional and lately as an amatuer, and I find them to be better than any other brand. I will stock up on them, and hope that an appeal finds in favor of Acushnet.

  4. Christian says:

    I agree Jake..I’ve been playing Titleist balls since the early 90’s when the ‘Professional’ balatas were all the rage. They’ve always been the best ball for the money in my opinion. ProV1’s are down to $39.00 at golfsmith if you’re looking to stock up.

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