By: Rob Harris
As many know, PXG–the golf equipment company founded by GoDaddy leader Bob Parsons–recently filed suit against TaylorMade, alleging that TaylorMade’s P790 irons infringe multiple PXG patents. The court refused to grant PXG a restraining order prohibiting TaylorMade from selling its product.
Now, TaylorMade has filed its answer to PXG’s complaint.Golf Digest has characterized TaylorMade’s response as “hard” and, at times, “humorous.” Golf Digest cites these excerpts from the answer:
- “…[A]lthough PXG peppers its brief with unsupported accusations of supposed copying by TaylorMade, there is zero evidence of copying. None. The accused product is so different from the patented invention that if, contrary to the facts, there had been any effort to copy, the effort failed miserably.”
- “PXG describes the claimed hollow-bodied design filled with an elastic polymer, and perimeter weighting, as a ‘eureka moment’ in golf-iron design. That could have been a ‘eureka moment’ only for a golf-club designer who had been living in a cave for the past 25 years, for both (1) hollow-bodied designs filled with elastic polymers and (2) perimeter weighting have been well-known expedients in clubhead design for decades …”
- “in just the less than 48 hours since it has had access to PXG’s motion papers. The prior art thicket in this area is likely to yield yet more examples revealing that the claimed invention is neither new nor non-obvious.”
Golf Digest has suggested that we should “stay tuned. This case is either going to get meaner or funnier or both.”