Lawsuit Madness: PXG-TaylorMade Duke It Out Over Golf Club Patents

Parsons Xtreme Golf is a newer golf club company that boasts about its unmatchable irons because they’re not held back by budgets. It makes sense then, that other companies would want to imitate the process PXG uses to compete with the top notch quality of their clubs.

This is where patenting issues arise, as is the case with TaylorMade’s new P790 irons that were supposed to go on sale tomorrow. PXG has issued a request to put the club sales on hold, pending a decision in U.S. District Court in Arizona.

According to Golf Digest, after a teleconference with attorneys representing both sides on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John J. Tuchi set a hearing on the TRO for Friday at 2 p.m. in the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. District Courthouse in Phoenix. Both sides will have an hour to plea their side at the court house on Friday.

PXG’s lawsuit (which is nearly 2,000 pages long) specifically accuses the P790 irons of violating eight PXG-held patents, most related to PXG’s 0311 family of irons. The halt in sales focuses on two of those patents dealing primarily with the hollow construction of an iron filled with a polymer and the use of weighting toward the toe section.

Those involved in the case say there’s a lot of heat going on as PXG wants the sales to come to a halt and TaylorMade makes a case to invalidate the claims. The level of complexity within the documents will surely delay the court order and if the judge grants PXG the temporary ban on the P790, they may have to pay TaylorMade in lost revenue if later the patent violations are deemed invalid.

Along with this lawsuit, there’s an ongoing fight between Kirkland brand golf balls and Titleist ProV1s. As the technology advances within the golf industry, everyone is competing to be the best and toes are bound to be stepped on.

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