Bose reportedly suing Beats over noise-canceling headphone technology

Looks like there might be a little bit of legal trouble for Beats and ultimately, Apple in the next little while. A new report coming out of CNBC and backed up by PriorSmart shows Bose has filed legal suit against Beats and is looking to assert five different patents against the organization. The patents in question revolve around noise-canceling technology used in Beats.

  • 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.

The Apple and Beats deal has not fully closed yet and is expected to be completed in September pending approval, so the timing on this filing is all rather interesting. Bose's legal filings likely won't have any effect on the deal but unless this gets solved out of court, we could be seeing yet another lengthy court battle starting to unfold.

Source: PriorSmart, CNBC

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Bose reportedly suing Beats over noise-canceling headphone technology


or you bury them in paper and make it absurdly expensive. Bose has a reputation for being litigious since it's formation.

Then apple could buy a company that actually makes premium quality headphones, imagine apple headphones with bose technology inside them!

I must say the timing of this lawsuit is interesting to say the least. I wonder if Apple knew this was in the works before the Beats deal or if Beats told Apple they were battling Bose over patents. Why did Bose wait to sue until now? Beats has been selling the allegedly infringing products for quite some time now.

Just looks fishy to me.

Beats is garbage. I'm just a schmuck who likes Apple products so I have no coherent argument here, but I cannot stand Beats products (yes I bought a pair for my daughter and they were absolute junk) and I have to assume Apple purchased this company for a lot more then their product line. I don't know if Beats used any of Bose's noise canceling IP to make their product, but if they did, they should have copied everything since what they currently produce is utter crap.

Bose indeed has spent millions of $ throughout it's years of operation ( & continuing ) for sound research and if Beats has indeed stolen it's technology without paying Bose then they ought to be sued.

I just hope Apple pays Bose its due and use their patented technology and invest in R&D rather than spending on lawyers to defend Beats.

Bose products might be expensive but they are atleast well made products. They have one of the best noise canceling headphones in the market and their home theatre system has always impressed me.
Beats $400+ headphones are still made of poor quality plastic which simply does not compliment its pricing. And I'm not even going into it's sound quality ( which to me is mediocre at best ).

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I could't agree more. I honestly wonder why Apple did not buy Bose instead of Beats.
Bose could do some research resulting in sublime internal speakers in Macs, for instance.
Bose products also fit better with Apple products. I remember my Apple Store always having Bose speakers by the Macs, whether they were MusicMonitors or the massive Companion 5s. They always left a great impression on customers. Too bad they are ‘gone’ now.

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