Bose Sues Apple’s Beats Over Noise-Cancelling Headphone Patents

Bose has sued Beats, a company which Apple has agreed to acquire, over its noise-cancelling headphone patents. The company has also filed a complaint in the U.S. International Trade Commission against Beats, and others, asserting infringement of the same patents.

Bose says for almost 50 years it has made significant investment in the research, development, engineering, and design of proprietary technologies now implemented in its products, such as noise cancelling headphones.

The company’s noise cancelling headphones are protected by numerous patents. It’s latest noise cancelling headphones model, the QC20, is protected by at least 27 U.S. patents and applications (14 patents and 13 pending applications).

Bose alleges that Beats is infringing on five of its patents and is asking for an injunction to prevent Beats from continuing to infringe on the patents, an accounting of all infringing sales, an award of damages, an increase in damages due to willful infringement, legal fees, and any other relief the court deems just.


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