SOURCE: TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company

June 20, 2012 11:35 ET

Federal Circuit Affirms Judgment That TaylorMade Golf's r7 and R9 Golf Clubs Do Not Infringe Dogleg Right's Patents

CARLSBAD, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 20, 2012) - On June 19, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's grant of summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of TaylorMade Golf. The affirmance is the culmination of litigation filed in 2007 by plaintiffs Dogleg Right Partners, LP and Dogleg Right Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. The Federal Circuit summarily affirmed the district court without opinion, resulting in a complete victory for TaylorMade.

The Federal Circuit's affirmance follows almost a year to the day that U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Everingham IV granted defendant TaylorMade Golf's motion for summary judgment of non-infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,004,852, 7,189,169 and 7,344,450, related to movable weights in golf club heads. The court found that the accused r7 and R9 products of TaylorMade do not infringe any of the asserted claims of the patents-in-suit.

Bill Reimus, TaylorMade's Senior Vice President and General Counsel, said, "We are pleased that our position has been vindicated by the Federal Circuit's decision. We respect the intellectual property rights of others and we expect that others will respect ours. However, if and when infringement is alleged without basis, we will defend ourselves vigorously, as in the present case."

About the adidas Group
The adidas Group is one of the global leaders within the sporting goods industry, offering a broad range of products around the core brands: adidas, Reebok, TaylorMade, Rockport and Reebok-CCM Hockey. Headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany, the Group has more than 46,000 employees and generated sales of over EUR 13.3 billion in 2011.

About TaylorMade-adidas Golf
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company sells golf clubs, balls, clothing and accessories under the TaylorMade, adidas Golf, Adams Golf and Ashworth brands. TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company posted 2011 sales of over EUR 1.0 billion.

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