Bose sues Beats for patent infringement over noise-cancelling headphones

Bose has formally filed a lawsuit against Beats Electronics, the producer of Dr. Dre's popular 'Beats By Dre' headphone line and soon-to-be acquisition of Apple Inc., over apparent patent violations concerning noise-cancelling headphone technology.

The lawsuit was filed on Friday in Delaware's District Court, with Bose formally naming five patents they say Beats violated: two frequency compensation technology patents, and three signal processing patents. Details are scarce, but the lawsuit was first reported earlier today by CNBC's Twitter account.

The lawsuit comes just before Apple is expected to finalize their Beats acquisition, which will reportedly close in mid-September for $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in stock shares. Following the acquisition, Apple will formally own Beats Electronics, their headphones and hardware division, and Beats Music, their newly-launched music streaming service. Despite speculation that Apple only purchased Beats to catch up with its competitors in the music industry, the company is still confident in their acquisition despite the massive price tag -- although it is unknown whether the lawsuit by Bose, which may take several months to clear the court before it is officially heard, will be handled by a legal team from Apple or Beats.

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Bose isn't crap, that is true. But their headphones are nothing to write home about in terms of sound quality. They are second to none with regards to noise reduction though.

Alternatives:
Good noise reduction? PSB M4U-2. Plus built in amp. Phenomenal sound. Amp makes up for the slightly inferior NR
Good all rounders sans noise reduction? Sennheiser Momentum. More flat than the PSB set (I like flat sounding cans)

If it has no highs and lows it must be Bose.

Bose is not only overpriced, it's low fidelity junk that butchers the signal. Beats is the 21st century version of it.

I like watching 'audiophiles' argue about what brand sucks. Well I have news for you. All of your headphones suck compared to the Tonez by Tupac line.

My sennheiser would like a word with your sennheiser :p he he just kidding I've medium end (is what i would like to say) headphone. RS180 I bought it for convenience

TechJunkie81 said,
Crap suing crap ?

More like Bose holding off till Beats was bought out by a company with deep pockets given that if they sued Beats before Apple bought then out I doubt very much that they would have gotten much cash out of the law suit.

ZipZapRap said,
Bose isn't crap, that is true. But their headphones are nothing to write home about in terms of sound quality. They are second to none with regards to noise reduction though.

Alternatives:
Good noise reduction? PSB M4U-2. Plus built in amp. Phenomenal sound. Amp makes up for the slightly inferior NR
Good all rounders sans noise reduction? Sennheiser Momentum. More flat than the PSB set (I like flat sounding cans)

How to spot a true audiophile?.
a) He talks about products with German names.
b) He talks about products with codes instead of names.
c) He talks about older products that are rare to find or simply discontinued.
d) He hates Beats, Skullcandy, Koss and all phones involved with some artists (Ludacris, Lady gaga)

3 out of 4. ;-)

Brony said,

How to spot a true audiophile?.
a) He talks about products with German names.
b) He talks about products with codes instead of names.
c) He talks about older products that are rare to find or simply discontinued.
d) He hates Beats, Skullcandy, Koss and all phones involved with some artists (Ludacris, Lady gaga)

3 out of 4. ;-)

haha, that made me laugh, thanks :D

I currently only use the Bose Bluetooth 2 Right Earpiece...I've tried them all, Jabra, Plantronics,etc. and this is by far the best quality sound. There is clear sound on BOTH sides of the conversation, bass is actually present, range is excellent, comfort is by far the best. It just works. The battery life sucks, only about 4 hours constant use and at $150 it's a painful purchase, but if you need better quality this is it.

Actually, people calling them crap, their Pro series are actually pretty good and also give a good stage presence. Their lower end models, with the exception of the Mixr, do sound pretty bad.. But, don't group the entire brand as bad. A lot of brands make good and crap products. No exception here.. Don't get on the hate wagon because everyone else is. People like to act all superior and it's funny at best.

fusi0n said,
Actually, people calling them crap, their Pro series are actually pretty good and also give a good stage presence. Their lower end models, with the exception of the Mixr, do sound pretty bad.. But, don't group the entire brand as bad. A lot of brands make good and crap products. No exception here.. Don't get on the hate wagon because everyone else is. People like to act all superior and it's funny at best.

The pro was already measure and the quality is so-so at best and it is not a subjective opinion, exists the technology to measure the quality of a speaker.

Beats have been around for ages.
Why sue them now?

Surely there should be a clause that says if you leave it too long, then you relinquish all rights to sue for any infringements.

I'm guessing the 2.6bil had something to do with this lawsuit.

Bose have already a history in this. They sued any company or person they believe have infriged their rights.
And yes, some of their products are very good. And yes, all their products are overpriced.

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