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Beats Electronic is to be sued by Bose over its noise cancellation audio equipment. Bose alleges that Beats Electronic has infringed on five patents that relate to its active noise reduction technology and claims that it is losing money due to the infringement.


The legal action comes just weeks after Apple announced its intention to buy Beats Electronic for £1.8 billion, a deal that has recently been approved by the EU and is likely to be completed by the end of 2014.


Details of the patent have been made available online via the Prior Smart Patent news site. According to the documents published on Prior Smart, the case was filed on July 25, 2014 in the U.S. District Court in Delaware.


In the papers filed by Bose, the company details how it first developed the active noise reduction technology to be used by the US Army and Air Force, before making it available to the public in 2000. Active noise reduction technology works by reducing unwanted noise by using a second sound source to counter the noise.

In the complaint, Bose stated that it is bringing the action to “protect its valuable patented technology for noise cancelling headphones”.

According to the official documents filed with the court in Delaware, Massachusetts-based Bose stated:


“In violation of 35 U.S.C. § 271, Beats has directly infringed and continues to directly infringe one or more claims of the ’537 patent by making, using, offering for sale, and/or selling the Accused Products in the United States and/or importing the Accused Products into the United States. The method claims of the ’537 patent are directly infringed at least by operation of the Accused Products, and may also be infringed through manufacture and/or testing.”


Bose goes on to argue that its reputation is being “irreparably injured, and Bose will suffer additional irreparable injury” and that “As a result of Beats’ infringement of the ’537 patent, Bose has suffered and will continue to suffer damages, in an amount yet to be determined, including due to loss of sales, profits, and potential sales that Bose would have made but for Beats’ infringing acts.”

Bose has requested that the case be heard by a jury; Beats Electronics have yet to comment about the impending legal action.



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