Gentlemen, we are now in a state of necessity, and necessity knows no law - Reich Chancellor Bethmann-Hollweg
BOSE CORPORATION is suing Beats Electronics over patents related to noise-cancellation technology, two months after Dr Dre's firm was picked up by Apple in a $3bn deal.
Bose claims that Beats infringes 50 years of research and development of noise-cancellation technology, and has asserted five specific patents in its complaint against the headphone maker.
The patents include 6,717,537 - "Method and apparatus for minimizing latency in digital signal processing systems", 8,054,992 - "High frequency compensating", 8,073,150 - "Dynamically configurable ANR signal processing topology", 8,073,151 - "Dynamically configurable ANR filter block topology", and 8,345,888 - "Digital high frequency phase compensation".
Bose also claims that the company's Beats Studio and Studio Wireless headphones specifically violate its protected technologies.
"To protect its investments, Bose has sought patent protection, and owns many patents and patent applications," the company said in its complaint, which is available online.
"Because Bose invests heavily in research and development, and because Bose ha built its reputation on producing superior products through innovative technology Bose's 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 seeking unspecified damages from Beats, which has yet to comment on the impending lawsuit and could be forced to redesign its products if the lawsuit isn't resolved in its favour.
Firms are clearly ignoring the advice not to "f*** with Dre", as MOG founder - and former Beats Music CEO - David Hyman is also suing the headphone outfit, seeking $20m in damages from the firm. µ
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