Did you know that Dogleg Right Corporation and Dogleg Right Parters, LP were suing TaylorMade, saying that TM’s Movable Weight Technology infringed on their patents? Did you know there was such a thing as “Dogleg Right,” whether in corporation or partnership form? Unless you are on the TaylorMade legal team, the answer to these questions is probably no (and if you are on the TaylorMade legal team, we’d like to say hi).
Nonetheless, in December of 2007, the aforementioned Dogleg Right folks sued TaylorMade, claiming that the r7 drivers were infringing on their patent for a “Customizable Center-of-Gravity Golf Club Head.” The suit was a big risk for Dogleg Right, as these suits take years to sort out and the last time we checked, lawyers ain’t cheap. However, they probably felt the risk was worth it, because if they did win, TaylorMade would have to pay them for every movable weight club they made, which is quite a lot. They probably figured they could sit on a beach, collect the fees, and not even have to make their odd-looking putters any more. Or, maybe TaylorMade would write them a large check to go away. So they took their shot.
Well, as often happens, the large corporate giant with an army of lawyers under their employ won out. TaylorMade released a brief statement last week letting us know that they won. Dogleg Right Corporation (and Dogleg Right Partners, LP as well) won’t be able to retire off any TaylorMade winnings. We’ll keep scouring the news to bring you any intra-industry lawsuits we find – at any given moment, somebody suing somebody.