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.