Bose & Beats Dispute over Headphone Patents Beats and Pieces, Counterfeit of a Counterfeit

The dispute’s core are noise-canceling patents registered by Bose and allegedly infringed by Beats, on 25th of July Bose filed a suit against Beats Electronics. The axis of Bose’s claim are 50 years of research and development that the company had invested in developing the noise cancellation technology and had registered 36 United States patents in the field. Bose was a pioneer in the field and accordingly desired patent protection because of the significant amount of time and money the company had invested in the development. It is the proprietary technology of Bose and the company has the right to enforce its patent rights.

Things got even more tangible when not so long ago Apple announced earlier this year that it intends to acquire Beats Electronic and Beats Music for a sum of $3 billion.

Bose asserts their claims against Beats based upon the following patent titles, among others: “High frequency compensating”, Digital high frequency phase compensation”, “Dynamically configurable ANR signal processing topology”, “Dynamically configurable ANR filter block topology”, “Method and apparatus for minimizing latency in digital processing systems”.

Various written material supplied with different Beats products states the noise canceling functions and some are even automatic.

Bose requests compensation for damages caused by continued infringement. The suit was filed in U.S District Court for the District of Delaware. As ironic as it may seem Beats Electronic just launched a “worldwide anti-counterfeiting program” against allegedly counterfeits of businesses and individuals in China.

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