Vedbæk, Denmark, January 2015 – The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently issued U.S. Patent No. 8,845,442 B2 to Fredrik Tuxen, entitled “Determination of Spin Parameters Of A Sports Ball,” which is assigned to TrackMan A/S (hereinafter “TrackMan’s U.S. ‘442 Patent”). TrackMan’s U.S. ‘442 Patent relates to TrackMan’s innovative technology for determining the spin parameters of a rotating sports ball, such as a golf ball, in flight.
TrackMan’s U.S. ‘442 Patent corresponds to and provides coverage which equals if not exceeds TrackMan’s European patent, EP 1 698 380 B9, issued to Fredrik Tuxen and entitled “Determination of Spin Parameters Of A Sports Ball” (hereinafter “TrackMan’s EP ‘380 Patent”), which is also assigned to TrackMan A/S.
Trackman’s EP ‘380 Patent formed the basis for a legal ruling in favor of TrackMan A/S on May 7, 2013, in conjunction with a patent infringement lawsuit filed by TrackMan A/S at the District Court of Düsseldorf in Germany against MIA Sports Technology Ltd. (MIA), based on MIA’s distribution and sale of FlightScope’s golf tracking radar model “X2” (including its software version (5.8)). The ruling of the District Court of Düsseldorf has been appealed by MIA, and the decision in the appeal case is expected during the spring of 2015.
MIA has also initiated a nullification action against TrackMan’s EP ‘380 Patent, but TrackMan remains confident that the patentability of its spin measurement technology will be confirmed.
“We are very pleased to have obtained US patent protection of our spin measurement technology”, says Klaus Eldrup-Jørgensen, CEO and co-founder of TrackMan A/S.
“While we consider the successful prosecution of this patent in the US to be of strategic importance in itself, it also reinforces our expectation that the Federal Court in Germany will confirm the patentability of this technology”, Klaus Eldrup-Jørgensen adds.
Besides Germany and the United States, TrackMan has been granted corresponding patents in the UK, France, China, South Korea and Japan.
A valid patent may generally be enforced against a party who manufactures, sells or makes commercial use of a product which infringes the patent in the relevant jurisdiction.
TrackManTM is fully wireless, easy to use, indoor/outdoor, radar-based solution for analyzing the impact conditions and resulting ball flight in golf. TrackMan provides the industry’s most accurate real time data and graphics on ball launch, flight, and landing. Its unique combination of radar and video technology provides the ultimate solution for Equipment Manufacturers, Teaching Pros, Club Fitters, and ambitious golfers. TrackMan A/S, headquartered in VedbÆk, Denmark, is the developer and owner of TrackManTM technology. TrackMan technology includes a comprehensive patent portfolio of granted patents and pending patents applications.