Cleveland sues Callaway, claiming trademark
Monday, November 4, 2013
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.