Dr. Dre and his Beats Electronics company have filed suit against Yamaha claiming that the corporation has infringed upon Beats Electronics patents by copying their headphone design.
As reported by AHH, last week in US District Court in the Central District of California, lawyers for Dre and Beats Electronics filed a lawsuit against the Yamaha Corporation of America.
According to the suit obtained by AHH, Beats Electronics claims that Yamaha is selling a line of “PRO” series headphones that replicates the design of Dr. Dre’s Beats line of headphones.
The lawsuit reads:
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. In fact the design of the Beats headphones has been a significant driver of the commercial success of the products.
As a result of their belief that Yamaha infringed on Beats patent, Dr. Dre and Beats Electronics are suing for at least $75,000 in damages, alleging Trade Dress Infringement, Unfair Competition and Patent Infringement.
You can view a side by side comparison of the Yamaha Pro 500 and Beats Studio series lines, and an ad, (via AHH), that Yamaha is using in their marketing plan that was included in the suit filed by Dr. Dre showing Yamaha playing off Dre and Beats’ name while using the tagline “Dr…. Who? A Better Beat,” below.