COVINGTON, Ga. (March 8)—Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd. is suing Acushnet Co., charging the maker of Titleist and Pinnacle golf ball brands with infringing on 10 Bridgestone patents covering multipiece solid core golf ball technology.
In its patent infringement lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, Bridgestone Sports is seeking an injunction against Acushnet from infringing upon the company's patents and for unspecified compensation for damages that have occurred as a result of past infringement.
In addition, Bridgestone Sports and its Bridgestone Golf Inc. subsidiary seek a declaratory judgment of non-infringement with respect to four U.S. patents owned by Acushnet.
"During the course of several months of negotiations with Acushnet, we attempted to settle this dispute," said Bridgestone Sports President Hisashi Kawano. "However, when negotiations failed, Acushnet left us with no other course of action, but to file suit."
"We remain hopeful that this matter can be settled, but in the meantime, we must protect our intellectual property rights. We will do so passionately and we are committed to see this matter to the end, in order to properly remedy the infringement."
Covington-based Bridgestone Sports, a subsidiary of Japan's Bridgestone Corp., claims to be the leading golf ball manufacturer in Japan with a 40-percent market share.