Bob Parsons, owner of high-end golf brand PXG, announced in a tweet last week that he is suing TaylorMade for ‘infringing’ on patents. Parsons tweeted: ‘Taylormade Golf’s new P790 irons infringe upon many PXG patents. Sued them in Federal court today!’
It is believed that the basis for the lawsuit is about injection filled, hollow–body construction that is at the heart of most PXG products. Whilst PXG uses thermoplastic elastomer and TaylorMade uses a TPU-based SpeedFoam, if the patents are broad enough, the material won’t matter.
TaylorMade won the first battle when PXG’s request for a temporary restraining order to halt the sales of P790 irons was denied in the Arizona District Court. The decision means that TaylorMade P790 Iron sales will continue at least until November when the court will hear PXG’s appeal over the ruling.
In a statement TaylorMade commented: “While TaylorMade respects the intellectual property rights of others, we will always defend ourselves vigorously when someone falsely accuses us of infringement. Our victory in court today re-affirms our confidence in our products and technologies, and reinforces the excitement and momentum we are experiencing with our P790 irons to date.”