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Callaway Countersues Over Patent

September 13, 2000

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) _ Bridgestone Sports was not surprised that Callaway filed a countersuit in their dispute over the patent on the popular Rule 35 golf ball.

``We’re going to vigorously defend our position and patents,″ Bridgestone spokesman Stephen Graham said Wednesday.

``We feel that we are 100 percent correct.″

Bridgestone’s lawsuit said the company had denied Callaway’s request to license the technology covered by the patents but Callaway released the ball anyway.

Callaway denies infringing on any of Bridgestone’s patents.

Callaway said in a suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta that Bridgestone originally filed its patent infringement suit against Callaway in order to stifle competition.

``Bridgestone has knowingly made unfounded claims of patent infringement against us in an effort to undermine the successful launch ... of our Rule 35 golf ball,″ Steve McCracken, Callaway’s chief legal officer, said in a statement.

Atlanta-based Bridgestone Sports USA is the American subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Sports Co. and makes golf equipment under its Precept Golf brand.

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