Cleveland sues Callaway, claiming trademark

Cleveland Golf, which Roger Cleveland left in 1995, has sued its founder’s current employer, Callaway Golf, for use of the Cleveland name.

In a year when golf and the courts have not been strangers (see Oakley v. Nike and McIlroy, Singh v. PGA Tour), Cleveland Golf and its parent Dunlop Sports in Japan filed a suit Oct. 18 in U.S. District Court, Central District of California’s Southern Division, claiming trademark infringement relating to Callaway’s Mack Daddy 2 wedge.

Cleveland maintains that the use of the words “Designed by Roger Cleveland” stamped on the wedge, which launched in July, violates a trademark that the Cleveland company has held for years.

Callaway Golf would not comment. An answer to Cleveland’s complaint is required by the court by Nov. 15.

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