USPTO Rightly Re-Examined Callaway Golf Balls: Judge

Law360, San Diego (July 28, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT) -- A Virginia federal judge ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office properly initiated inter partes re-examinations that found Callaway Golf Co.’s patents for a multilayer golf ball unpatentable, despite a ruling that the party requesting the probe had breached an agreement with Callaway.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema rejected Callaway’s challenge that the USPTO should have terminated the re-examinations of four of it patents in light of its settlement agreement with rival Acushnet Co. or a holding by the Delaware district court that Acushnet...
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