Bose sues Beats, noise cancelation patents at issue
posted by Maxwell R. / Jul 26, 2014, 10:03 PM
Beats Audio will be Apple’s most expensive acquisition to-date, and depending on this latest development, it could be more expensive still. Part of Beats’ attractiveness was not its music streaming service, competent as it is, but also its profitable headphones business.
That is where Bose comes into the picture. Bose is arguably the standard by which all others are measured when it comes to audio technology and quality. Bolstering that technology is a portfolio of patents, and on Friday, Bose filed a lawsuit against Beats claiming infringement of five noise cancelation patents in use with Beats’ Studio and Studio Wireless line of headphones.
Bose also filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission with the aim of stopping the importation of Beats noise cancelation headphones to the United States. “We are committed to protection our investment, protecting our customers, and defending the patents we own,” according to a Bose representative.
The patents in question are tied to well-known “active noise reduction” technology, a feature that has been in use with Bose headsets since the 1980s in military applications and made it to the consumer market in 2000.
Assuming that litigation on this issue moves forward along with the acquisition of Beats by Apple, this would add to the patent drama that the latter is already embroiled in with Samsung.
I often wondered if Bose was ever gonna sue Beats.
posted on Jul 26, 2014, 10:06 PM 13
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And then google os microsoft buys Bose to make the lawsuit fair, that's how life is
posted on Jul 26, 2014, 11:35 PM 0
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Beats is inspired by Apple (if you know what I mean) :p
posted on Jul 27, 2014, 12:07 AM 8
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They wait until apple acquired beats to sue beats, smart move!
posted on Jul 26, 2014, 10:32 PM 18
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It's just ''Inspiration''....if it's APPLE, there's absolutely NO patent laws violated.
posted on Jul 26, 2014, 11:22 PM 8
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Way to go Bose! Show America's teenagers that their Beats belong in the garbage.
posted on Jul 26, 2014, 11:36 PM 16
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comparing beats to bose is like comparing an american car to a german one. beats is that garbage.
posted on Jul 27, 2014, 3:24 AM 6
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Good. Dre was being such a **** by taking 15 years to release his next album. Let him get sued and lose everything he made for last 15 years.
posted on Jul 27, 2014, 12:18 AM 2
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"Bose is arguably the standard by which all others are measured when it comes to audio technology and quality." - Maxwell R. (PhoneArena.com contributor) Umm...No. Bose, aka Buy Other Sound Equipment, is about as good as computer speakers. ANY audiophile will tell you that Bose is junk. Ever wondered why Bose rarely publishes frequency response charts? Bose is about as legitimate as Monster Cable wires.
posted on Jul 27, 2014, 12:30 AM 6
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