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Bose files lawsuit against Beats over patent infringement

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Well, looks like Bose did not forget about Dre: The audio equipment company has filed a lawsuit against Beats over noise-canceling technology patent.

Bose, which makes audio equipment including speakers and headphones, has filed a lawsuit against Beats, which Apple officially purchased for $3 billion dollars in late May, according to CNBC.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, cites the following patents in question:

  • 8,073,151: “Dynamically configurable ANR filter block topology” by Joho et. al.. Includes 30 claims (2 indep.). Was application 12/430,994. Granted 12/6/2011.
  • 8,073,150: “Dynamically configurable ANR signal processing topology” by Joho et. al.. Includes 24 claims (2 indep.). Was application 12/430,990. Granted 12/6/2011.
  • 6,717,537: “Method and apparatus for minimizing latency in digital signal processing systems” by Fang et. al. Prosecuted by Thelen Reid & Priest LLP Robbins; Steven J.. Includes 19 claims (3 indep.). Was application 10/179,930. Granted 4/6/2004.
  • 8,345,888: “Digital high frequency phase compensation” by Carreras et. al.. Includes 16 claims (3 indep.). Was application 12/750,309. Granted 1/1/2013.
  • 8,054,992: “High frequency compensating” by Sapiejewski.. Includes 23 claims (6 indep.). Was application 11/409,894. Granted 11/8/2011.

Apple acquired Beats in its entirety, including its music streaming service and its audio hardware product line, and announced that it would take over the headphones’ design starting after the release of the Beats Solo 2 headphones.

What is not clear is whether Apple will be taking over the entire engineering of the headphones.

The lawsuit will likely impact what happens on that front. If you ask me and many of my peers, Apple should just pay the fines, chuck the technology, and engineer its own superior version.

More information:

Apple designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers. The company's best-known hardware products include the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Apple software includes t... read more »

Beats Music is a music streaming service spun out of Beats Electronics and into its own company in early 2013. The core experience will be centered around curated playlists created by musicians and music writers. It is currently in pri... read more »

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23 comments
Jon Doe
Jon Doe

Bose has legal grounds to file a lawsuit against Beats because they stole research that Bose did instead of doing it themselves. People keep saying that Bose is just trying to take a shot at Apple's "deep pockets" when apple is a MAJOR retail seller for Bose so they wouldn't attack them without cause because there is always the threat of Apple pulling Bose's products from their shelves. Do research before posting.

Robert Fried
Robert Fried

It seems that everyone waits for apple to buy something to point out that there is a worm in the apple hahaha.

Kraig Richard
Kraig Richard

How  ironic them suing about infringement..... Every audio engineer over 50  from Westchester county area of NY knows Dr. Bose walked out of Audio Experts in White Plains and straight into the patent office after learning about active crossover (3rd channel bass) from owner Frank Eulau. 

Frank was much too big of a person to litigate about something as trivial as intellectual property rights.

Allen Wood
Allen Wood

I wouldn't buy either, I have the Klipsch version and love them!

Kyleced Tang
Kyleced Tang

Apple will put a smart chip with iOS inside the headphone and name it iHPhone.  You can also load songs into the headphone without another external player. This will be the latest product to come out of Apple.

Iwan Foltin
Iwan Foltin

Bose hasn't made much of anything worth something since the 80s and their headphones stink, but the beats are even worse. For the over bloated price for either of these could get some ultrasonnes , Sennheisers, akg, grado maybe a used set of some older denons, or some other decent can. 

jd wii
jd wii

Let them both die

Daniel Dilger
Daniel Dilger

Not one whisper from the Google/Samsung apologists about how patents are bad and that IP is "not real" once the claims are targeting a company that Apple acquired. 


After four years of screaming that patents are terrible and that Android was "under attack" for willfully infringing everyone else's intellectual property. Just goes to show what hypocrites these "journalists" and their duped audiences are. 


Google owes its existence to patents, but doesn't respect anyone else's IP, particularly that of the partners it is ripping off. Apple has paid royalties or formed IP deals with everyone else, from Nokia to Microsoft. Google and Samsung steal everyone else's work, demand the right to steal it with impunity, and then promote an ideology insisting communal ownership of everyone else's work is the Only True Path. Then they turn around and sue over frivolous BS, like Google's Motorola unit blocking push messaging in Europe from iOS for a year, and Samsung suing Apple over the use of Infineon chips that licensed Samsung's IP, but insisting that Apple must double pay for it. 


Mac JT
Mac JT

Hahaha love it. Now the rotten fruit can feel the pinch of what it feels like to be sued for stealing from a greater company's work.

Matthew Giacomazzo
Matthew Giacomazzo

Two crappy audio companies now making their customers pay for lawyer fees too. No thanks I will stick with the actual headphones used in studios by brands that don't need to mainstream with the public.

Michael Russell
Michael Russell

Two peices of crap tech fight each other. My dream would be Blose taking another major hit like they did in the 90's. And then some random engineer in Europe gets a cease and desist order on beats as they cause irreparable harm to human dignity.

Ed Chavez
Ed Chavez

I missed the part where Google bought Bose....