Monday, December 27, 2010

Battle of the Golf Bags-- Party at Club Glove!

Today, two of the titans of golf bag manufacturing -- West Coast Trends (maker of the "Club Glove Last Bag," evidently used by most professional golfers) and Ogio International (who makes golf bags which, according to the company's website, can be strapped to a motorcyclist's back) -- have faced off in the Eastern District of Texas in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by West Coast. The patent, obtained in 2003 by West Coast's founder Jeffrey Herold, apparently enables to bag to resist wear, while still remaining flexible.

In a real departure for the Eastern District, the plaintiff is actually a company that makes and sells a product covered by its patent who has sued a competitor (and every retailer who sells its products) for the purpose of obtaining a competitive advantage by (a) holding a (supposedly) broad patent and (b) suing its competitor for infringement. Since around here, this is what we think patents are for -- we applaud you, Club Glove!

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