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Dr. Dre Pursues Lawsuit Against Yamaha for Patent Infringement

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Within a matter of years, Beats By Dre headphones have become a major staple in music circles. The quality of Beats headphones is incomparable and the brand itself is stronger than ever. The look of the product is so distinct that when Yamaha decided to drop their PRO headphones mimicking Beats’ sleek design, Dr. Dre and his team of lawyers took immediate action.

According to, Beats ushered a warning to the Yamaha Corporation of America about the impending suit to come after the product’s release in November. Last week in California, a lawsuit was filed against the company stating that the Beats patent was being infringed upon.

“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 lawsuit reads. “In fact the design of the Beats headphones has been a significant driver of the commercial success of the products.”

Even in the advertisement for the PRO headphones, Yamaha plays off Dr. Dre’s name. One ad reads: “Dr… Who?” Another reads: “A Better Beat.”

Dr. Dre is suing the company for $75,000 in damages, filing trade dress Infringement, unfair competition and patent infringement, while Yamaha continues to push their PRO headphones.

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