Thursday, June 21, 2012

Federal appeals court sides with TaylorMade

TaylorMade, my brand of choice, recently won another round in a lawsuit filed against the company for patent infringement.

Here's the press release:

CARLSBAD, Calif. (June 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."

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

5 questions for Bob Forman - golf fitness instructor

I'm starting a new feature on my examiner.com website called "5 questions for..."

I'm going to try to seek out people in the world of golf and hit them up with five quick questions, hence the name of the feature. So if anyone has any ideas, let me know. Or if you want to be the one on the hot seat, let me know that, too.

The first 5 questions go to Bob Forman, a golf fitness instructor in North Carolina. The main feature can be found here, but here a list of five tips for maintaining your golf fitness:

  1. Identify where the deficiencies are and correct them first - you want the body to be able to move as efficiently as it can. Playing golf will create imbalances in the body due to the fact that it is a one-sided, repetitive activity.
  2. Range of motion is essential.
  3. Work on balance as it does come into play as the golfer shifts weight from one side to the other during the golf swing.
  4. Forearm strength is an area not too many golfers think about, but is also a key area.
  5. Find a credible golf fitness instructor to work with who has the knowledge-base to assess and the develop a customized exercise program specifically for your needs. The instructor should also be able to know how and when to progress the program to enhance outcomes and avoid injury.
It appears that there's more to golf fitness than running on the treadmill and lifting a few weights.