As we recently reported, a court in Delaware granted Callaway Golf’s request for an injunction to stop Acushnet from selling the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls. Acushnet, however, plans to appeal the ruling and says it will not impact the company’s ability to sell Pro V1s.
Now, on Titleist’s Web site, the company has posted the answers to several questions that golfers might have about the ruling, including whether players will be able to buy the popular golf balls after December 31, 2008. Below are a few key questions and answers. All of the questions are here.
Will golfers be able to play and purchase Titleist Pro V1 golf balls after January 1, 2009? Yes.
The recent court order will not impact our ability to supply Golf Shops
with Pro V1 golf balls. In September 2008, we converted production of
the existing Pro V1 models so that they are outside the scope of the
patents in question. Golf Shops can continue to order and take delivery
of Pro V1 golf balls now and after January 1, 2009 and golfers can
continue to play with and purchase Pro V1 with confidence. How can I distinguish between the existing Pro V1 golf balls and the converted models? Converted
Pro V1 models have the same packaging and sidestamps as the existing
models. However, there is a small black or red circular sticker or
marking on every Pro V1 dozen box and sleeve to identify the converted
production. When can golfers play New 2009 Pro V1 golf balls? Titleist
will launch New 2009 Pro V1 golf balls in the 1st quarter of 2009. The
technology and construction of New 2009 Pro V1 golf balls are outside
the scope of the patents. In Q1 2009, golfers can learn about the
exciting new product improvements via their local golf shop, on
Titleist.com and in other Titleist advertising and communications.