Monday, July 28, 2014

As Beats goes after Chinese counterfeiters, Bose goes after Beats

From within an article titled Bose Sues Beats Electronics, Alleging Patent Violations in Design of Beats Studios, Solos.

We do know, however, that if Bose manages to win its case, Beats could be in trouble. Just as Beats is suing Chinese counterfeiters for billions in lost profits, Bose could claim it's owed a slice of Beats' profits from the products made in violation of its patents.

As to Beats, a CNN story in 2013 noted

Three weeks ago, hip-hop star Andre Young -- better known as Dr. Dre -- made news as his Beats Electronics line, a maker of premium headphones, was valued at more than $1 billion thanks to an investment from the Carlyle Group.

But the former N.W.A. rapper is not the only one profiting from his headphone line. Across the Pearl River Delta in southern China, counterfeit Beats are flowing out of factories, assembly workshops and shops, attracting businesspeople that sell the headphones on global markets. (...)

Factory owners here have a nose for what's hot and what's not. Nearly 70% of all fake goods -- including DVDs, clothing, and electronics goods -- seized worldwide from 2008-2010 came from China, according to the World Customs Organization.

And looking at the shops in Shenzhen's Huaqiangbei commercial district -- a destination for buying electronics, especially fakes -- Beats by Dr. Dre are definitely hot, prominently displayed next to iPhones, Samsung gear and Nikon cameras. To look at them, some are clearly fakes with poor packaging and logo color schemes that are wildly different from those well-known products.

TMZ reported on a lawsuit by Dr. Dre on 10 July 2014. AppleInsider noted: Recently-confirmed Judge Manish S. Shah will oversee the case in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

A link for the Bose law suit in D. Delaware:


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