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Bose suing Beats over noise-canceling headphones patent

Bose Suing Beats Over Noise-Canceling Headphones Patent

Apple is preparing to acquire headphone manufacturer Beats Electronics later this year - but the transition just hit a sour note. (Via Getty Images)

With audio equipment maker, Bose Corp., announcing Friday it has filed a lawsuit against Beats for patient infringment. (Via YouTube / GeekInsider)

The suit is aimed specifically at Beats' noise-canceling headphones - a product Fortune reports Bose has had on the market since 1989. (Via YouTube / iGyaan)

As CNBC reports, "Bose saying these noise canceling headphones would involve 36 different U.S. patents. ... In that section on the market, that high-end section of headphones, Beats just dominates the market."

According to the lawsuit filed in Delaware, Bose is requesting permanent cease and desist for on the marking and sale of some Beats products also asking for, "award of damages sufficient to compensate Bose."

In statement obtained by Fortune a Bose representative said, "We are committed to protecting our investment, protecting our customers, and defending the patents we own."

And in a sort of response, Billboard reports a representative for Apple said "the company does not comment on legal claims." Beats also declined to comment.

In late May Apple announced its plans to buy Beats for $3 billion, outlets like NBC speculate the accusation actually has more to do with Beats' streaming service than the actual headphones.

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kittenblu July 26 2014 at 8:14 AM

Beats are over priced chinese crap/

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Owen July 26 2014 at 8:01 AM

good .as beats headphones are nothing short of awful...........I truly hope that Bose takes them to the cleaners!!

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MAD_DAWG1 July 26 2014 at 12:30 PM

First. I mostly see black people wearing them.
And the white people that do, act like they want to be black.
Secound. I would never buy the crap owned by a rapper and lebron james.

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coopdabomb July 26 2014 at 10:30 AM

I will never understand why people pay that kind of money for headphones.

I love to watch tem standing in line at Starbucks listening to music and waiting for a over priced cup of coffee.

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Madeleine July 26 2014 at 12:45 AM

Spell check...patent infringement not patient infringement.

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geonosian713 Madeleine July 26 2014 at 1:03 PM


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tony.br1 July 26 2014 at 12:51 AM

Big Oops

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geonosian713 July 26 2014 at 1:02 PM


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runswthscisors40 July 26 2014 at 12:11 PM

Wondering how many drivers/pedestrians have been hurt/killed by wearing these, and not being able to hear surrounding traffic, etc...............

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runswthscisors40 July 26 2014 at 12:10 PM

cease and desist for on the marking and sale of

AOL proofreaders don't try very hard, do they.......

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runswthscisors40 July 26 2014 at 11:47 AM

filed a lawsuit against Beats for patient infringment.........

What's up with AOL proofreaders??......"Beats" the hell out of me.......

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