Bose recently filed a legal complaint against Beats Electronics in court, which claimed that the latter infringed some of the noise cancellation patents owned by the company.
According to Bose, Beats infringe 36 US Patents for which the company is demanding sales injunction and monetary reward for damages. In the official complaint lodged, Bose claims that Beats Electronics is infringing on the research and development expertise of the company of over 50 years in the field of noise cancellation technology.
Given that Apple is all set to purchase Beats Electronics for around $3 billion later this year, this should create more problems for the Cupertino giant. The leading smartphone manufacturer is already shelling out millions of dollars in legal fees and settlements over various patent issues, and this would further burden the company. However, it’s highly unlikely that the legal battle with Bose would affect its plans to purchase the Beats.
Bose is known for its noise cancelling headphones and looks like the company is not happy with Beats illegally getting into its territory. Currently, Beats has three different models with noise cancelling tech namely Beats Studio, Beats Pro Headphones and Beats Studio Wireless headphones. In the complaint, Bose has brought up the Studio and Studio Wireless headphones as the two products which infringe its patents.
The company has the same noise cancelling tech in its recent products like the BOSE QuietComfort 20 and QuietComfort 20i headphones and hence, it intends to protect the patented tech incorporated into these two models. Another thing to note here is that, as mentioned before, noise cancelling tech has always been one of the strongest areas of the company and people who fly frequently or who like to have immersed experience often go for BOSE’s QuietComfort lineup.
The following is an excerpt from the official complaint,
To protect its investments, Bose has sought patent protection, and owns many patents and patent applications. Because Bose invests heavily in research and development, and because Bose has built its reputation on producing superior products through innovative technology, Boses continued success depends in substantial part on its ability to establish, maintain, and protect its proprietary technology through enforcement of its patent rights.
Bose is asking the court to find the patent infringement by Beats as willful along with a sales injunction. Further, the company is looking for monetary damages for the infringement as well as compensation for the court costs incurred.
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