Bose sues Beats, noise cancelation patents at issue

Bose sues Beats, noise cancelation patents at issue
Apple has not taken Beats Electronics under its wing just yet, the parties involved are just waiting on the regulators to give the green light for the merger.

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.

source: Reuters

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47 Comments

1. HASHTAG unregistered

I often wondered if Bose was ever gonna sue Beats.

7. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

And then google os microsoft buys Bose to make the lawsuit fair, that's how life is

8. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Typo= google *or* microsoft

24. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

If Microsoft bought Bose, they can't sue (cross-patent agreement with apple).

13. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Beats is inspired by Apple (if you know what I mean) :p

25. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

+1 dude hahaha made my day. "Inspired by Apple"

27. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

for apple fans, every other product is inspired by the legendary Steve Jobs.

2. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

They wait until apple acquired beats to sue beats, smart move!

3. iCloud

Posts: 123; Member since: May 15, 2014

Very smart. Hope they win some money :)

28. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I hope they win LOTS of money.

34. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

as soon as I read the title I was said the exact same tihing

4. wilsong17 unregistered

Hopefully ban beats sale

5. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

It's just ''Inspiration''....if it's APPLE, there's absolutely NO patent laws violated.

29. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Good artist steal, Great artist inspired.

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

"Apple has not taken Beats Electronics under its wings yet" DAMN!!

9. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Way to go Bose! Show America's teenagers that their Beats belong in the garbage.

11. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Garbage? No no no, even rats have some sense of sound quality.

14. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

lolz cracked me up :p

18. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

comparing beats to bose is like comparing an american car to a german one. beats is that garbage.

19. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Enough with the car analogies!

20. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

ok mr settings

30. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

German Engineering is the best. 10 years old german car still feel better than 3 years old american car.

35. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Italian cars > German cars.

38. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

lol nope, watch season 20 episode 3 of top gear.

10. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Next thing we'll be seeing would be Mugen suing ZeroLemon.

12. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

Hope those overprice crap get banned

15. Bondurant

Posts: 763; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

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.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17081; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He could wait 15,000 years and it wouldn't affect me.

16. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"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.

17. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Exactly!! The reporters here are jokes!

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