Dr. Dre & Beats Electronics Suing Yamaha Over Copying Headphone Design
The N.W.A. super-producer has filed suit against Yamaha for infringing upon the design patents of his widely successful headphone line. The suit claims that Yamaha's PRO series headphones directly copy the design of the Beats by Dr. Dre headphone line.
"Consumers appreciated the design, as well as the sound quality, of Beats and began wearing the Beats headphones around their necks as a fashion accessory even when not listening to music,” the suit reads. “In fact, the design of the Beats headphones has been a significant driver of the commercial success of the products.”
In addition to the design patent claims, the suit argues that Yamaha's advertisements for their headphones are profiting off of the success of Beats Electronics' headphones and Dr. Dre's standing in the music industry. Dre is seeking $75,000 in the suit on the basis of Trade Dress Infringement, Unfair Competition and Patent Infringement.
Recently, Beats Electronics expanded its business by opening a new digital music service called Daisy. The company also recently acquired MOG Music Network.