CARLSBAD, Calif. (Oct. 10)—Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd. has settled pending patent litigation with Callaway Golf Co. by agreeing to license Callaway rights to use some of its patented three-piece golf ball technology, the two companies announced. The deal grants Callaway rights to use the patented technology worldwide, the firms said in a joint announcement. Pending patent litigation between the two companies in the U.S. and Japan will be dismissed. Bridgestone Sports filed suit against Callaway in mid-2000, alleging Callaway had used four Bridgestone patents without permission in introducing its new "Rule 35" golf ball. At that time, Bridgestone Sports, which uses the patents for its "Precept" range of balls, sought monetary damages and an injunction. Terms of the license agreement are confidential.