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Bose Sues Beats for Patent Infringement Over Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Bose today filed a lawsuit against Beats Electronics, accusing Beats of infringing on a number of patents related to noise cancellation and other audio technologies (via TechCrunch). The lawsuit accuses Beats Studio and Studio Wireless branded headphones, which advertise "Adaptive Noise Cancellation," of violating five separate Bose patents in the United States.

In the filing, Bose points towards the 50 years of research, engineering, and development of noise cancellation techniques that went into the creation of its QuietComfort line of noise-cancelling headphones, which use the technology Beats has allegedly stolen.

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Beats has been accused of infringing on the following five U.S. patents, which pertain to various noice-cancelling techniques:

No. 6,717,537 - "Method and apparatus for minimizing latency in digital signal processing systems"
No. 8,073,150 - "Dynamically configurable ANR signal processing topology"
No. 8,073,151 - "Dynamically configurable ANR filter block topology"
No. 8,054,992 - "High frequency compensating"
No. 8,345,888 - "Digital high frequency phase compensation"

The lawsuit asks for an injunction that prevents Beats from continuing to produce products that infringe on Bose patents and it requests a damages award for using the company's technology. Bose has also filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission, seeking a sales ban on the Beats products that violate its patents.

Bose's infringement lawsuit against Beats is set to become Apple's problem as the company's purchase of Beats is expected to close this quarter. Apple initially announced its $3 billion acquisition of the headphone manufacturer in May. Apple is currently embroiled in a number of lawsuits, including an ongoing dispute with Samsung Electronics and several class action suits brought against it by former employees.

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13 weeks ago
One crappy headphone company suing another crappy headphone company
Rating: 61 Votes
13 weeks ago
Hilarious! They waited until Apple bought Beats.
Rating: 35 Votes
13 weeks ago
Bose felt threatened. For the longest time they were the #1 name in expensive sub par audio equipment until Dre came around and took the crown.
Rating: 26 Votes
13 weeks ago
All of a sudden...
Rating: 25 Votes
13 weeks ago
Oh no, here comes the Apple/Beats apologists!:mad:
Rating: 23 Votes
13 weeks ago
I got even money that says none of you could tell the difference between a pair of Bose and a pair of Beats headsets blindfolded.
Rating: 23 Votes
13 weeks ago

Fascinating that they wait until Beats is acquired by someone with deeper pockets. Good luck getting any money, though. If Bose ever gets a payout, it'll be ten years down the road. And the general impression I get from people who work in the speaker business is that Bose isn't really that good.


Headphone quality does not seem to have much of a positive correlation with company value.

But Bose is still head and shoulders better than Beats.
Rating: 19 Votes
13 weeks ago

I got even money that says none of you could tell the difference between a pair of Bose and a pair of Beats headsets blindfolded.


Sadly true. I could though. BOSE is a brilliant balance. And the Noise cancelling is still the absolute best to date.
Rating: 16 Votes
13 weeks ago

Fascinating that they wait until Beats is acquired by someone with deeper pockets. Good luck getting any money, though. If Bose ever gets a payout, it'll be ten years down the road. And the general impression I get from people who work in the speaker business is that Bose isn't really that good.


Okay, this is just ignorance.
Rating: 15 Votes
13 weeks ago
I'm just gonna leave this one right here...

http://www.audioholics.com/news/blue-jeans-strikes-back
Rating: 14 Votes

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