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Sep122017

Parsons Tweets He's Sued Taylor Made Over P790 Irons

Looks like we have a fun patent battle looming with PXG Founder Bob Parsons going after Taylor Made according to...Bob Parsons.

Chris Nickel at MyGolfSpy reminds us that golf companies sue each other all the time, it's just a bit unusual for the founder of one to announce on Twitter.

While he isn't sure what the issue is, Nickel offers an assessment that includes this:

While neither TaylorMade nor PXG has offered any official statement, one has to think the basis for the suit has to do with the injection filled, hollow-body construction that is the foundation of most PXG products. While PXG uses thermoplastic elastomer and TaylorMade uses a TPU-based SpeedFoam, if the patents are broad enough, the material won’t matter. This case will likely boil down to process and construction, not the material composition of the goo.

Through the proverbial grapevine, MGS has learned that PXG anticipated this day would come, but it would have been impossible to foresee which OEM would step far enough over the line to prompt this response from Parson and PXG.

Even better, Parsons can travel to court in his new PXG helicopter reports Ben Aberstadt at GolfWRX.

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Reader Comments (18)

You lost me at 'Speedfoam'.
09.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCenter Cut
When I read Parsons' tweet, I immediately thought it came from Donald Trump.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAllen Robertson
Yeah, rolling back distance is going to be easy...if it is ever attempted.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBDF
Yep- trumpish tweet.

I lost what little respect I had for Parsons with this.

dig
09.13.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Havent other companies before PXG done this? Nickent had a set of hollow body irons with gunk in them. I feel like there was a company way back when that did the same thing.

Guessing that TM would never have launched these irons if they hadn't done their due diligence in regards to the PXG patents.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMC
Bob Parsons is a lawyer's dream: A client with unlimited funds...who wants to win.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteven T.
Didn't somebody have a driver with the same (two post) technology as the new Callaway Epic model? Are there any lawsuits with that?
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAl P
PXG - the demise of the game. 5K set of irons, ridiculous. I love the tour pros who berate others about growing the game and then wear this PXG crap all over their uniforms. Hypocrisy at its best. I would love to see one of these high end players sign with Top-Flite or the like and promote affordable equipment in some sort of effort to help grow the game.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFG-17
@FG-17
The lack of player endorsements is what makes Top Flite and other brands more affordable. Once you pay pros millions to play your equipment you ask your customers to pay them too thru higher costs. I haven't hit the PXG stuff but a friend of mine who once worked there said their irons are the real deal and their hybrids are pretty good too. After that the fairways and drivers are meh. For me Parsons is on his own Quiotic quest with golf clubs, the PXG company is just part of it. He is not a wall flower though when he is crossed. I expect most former marines aren't.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered Commentermunihack
Yep, PXG is the demise of golf the same way Ferrari is the demise of driving.
Not everyone uses a $5000 chef's knife, not everyone wears $7500 suits, not everyone drives a Bentley and not everyone buys PXG clubs. Who cares?
Absolutely meaningless.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
There are 8 patents-in-suit. What's also significant here is that these are competitors which brings lost profits into the equation. However, the '336 patent (the parent of the related other patents) only issues in Feb. 2015. This means there is only a 2.5 year damage window for reasonable royalties and about 1.5 years for lost profits (when the PXG 0311 came out).

What is very significant is PXG could get an injunction against TM selling its P790 irons. This is usually not the case if the parties are not competitors. Parsons doesn't seem like the kind of guy who is out for a quick settlement either. This will be interesting. This is PXG's first patent infringement lawsuit.
TM was making hollow injection foam irons thirty years ago lol
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterM Sizzle
@ Sizzle - I'm not a patent attorney or expert, but if TM or anyone else was using these techniques previously, they wouldn't have granted a patent to PXG in the first place.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
TM & PXG deserve each other. No winner in this brooha.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Lost in all this is the pimped up look of the irons of today. Even Mizuno has fallen into the glam look of the century. Gosh, take a MP32 and such up against the rons of 2017 and it is like looking at a Movado Museum Watch against a 3 1/2 inch diameter Michael Kors POS.


And I will continue to rant that ALL manufacturing of irons is got one major lie- the loft! My 1980 Titleist Tour Model PW is 52*- whereas 46* PW'sw are nt uncommon....so joe newbie, all 210 pounds of 6'2'' 19 year old golfer braqs he hits his 9 iron 158, while we all know it i a 7 iron. Clubmakers should be SUED to be honest as to the real club he is hitting, where real comparisons could be made between companies.

dig
09.13.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Digger, spot on re; loft difference. I still play my FG-17's and my 3iron is the modern 5.

BTW, assume you safe and back home in Victoria?
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPops
Good to hear. Looks like your typing has improved as well.

We'll all be in the diapers soon enough. I struggle with the heels, though, on soft fairways...
09.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPops
Digs - +10. When I trained the standard loft of a PW was 50 degrees. I've got one with 44 in my shop! that's an 8 iron in my book.
09.15.2017 | Unregistered Commenterchico

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