OGIO Files Suit Against Callaway for Patent Infringement…

OGIO is taking Callaway to task over alleged patent infringement regarding its Woode Club Management system, which was issued patent number 6,877,694 B2 in April 2005. The company filed papers with the State of Utah's Federal District Court on February 13, 2008.


OGIO provided OEM services for Callaway from 2000 through 2005 and claims that, though the companies parted ways nearly three years ago, a patent-violating version of the organizing top continues to appear on Callaway-designed golf bags including its 2008 golf bag collection. 
This suit is not the first time OGIO has taken steps to protect the Woode patent. In December 2005, OGIO issued cease-and-desist orders warning retailers and manufacturers to discontinue the sale of bags incorporating the design.

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OGIO Files Suit Against Callaway for Patent Infringement

OGIO has filed papers with the State of Utah's Federal District Court citing Callaway Golf Company for patent infringement. The papers were filed February 13, 2008. The suit is over OGIO's Woode organizing top, which was requested in the design of the bags the company developed in 2002 for Callaway Golf Company. OGIO provided original equipment manufacturing services for Callaway from 2000 through 2005.


Despite the companies agreeing to part ways nearly three years ago, OGIO claims a patent-violating version of the organizing top continues to appear on Callaway-designed golf bags including its 2008 golf bag collection.


“OGIO's reputation hinges on our innovation; buyers and customers alike seek out and expect OGIO's components to offer a technologically forward approach to solving problems,” says the company's vp operations, Gary Bowen. “As such, we will protect our intellectual property while alerting our retail partners to avoid selling any gear that infringes on our patents.”


OGIO's Woode Club Management System was issued patent number 6,877,604 B2 on April 12, 2005. The company took aim to protect this same patent in December 2005, with the issuance of multiple cease- and-desist orders warning retailers and manufacturers to discontinue the sale of bags incorporating OGIO's Woode top technology.

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