Bose files lawsuit against Beats Electronics due to infringement of noise cancellation technology
For years, the burning rivalry between Bose and Beats Electronics has persisted as consumers continue to argue amongst themselves regarding one brand’s superiority over the other. Bass, treble, mid range and clarity are just a few of the elements that factor into one’s purchase and over the years, it has become increasingly difficult to discern which team creates the “better” headphone. Despite finding ways to coexist in the past, Bose now has reason to attack Beats and possibly inflict heavy damage on its number one competitor: patent infringement. Yesterday, the soundsystem and headphone maker filed a lawsuit against its younger opponent, accusing Beats of unlawfully using its noise-canceling technology.
As of now, it is unknown whether or not Apple, which announced in May its plans for acquiring Beats for $3 billion, will follow through with buying out the company.
Bose’s decision is rooted in its history of developing sound-cutting headphones, which the company’s founder began in 1978. It is 50 years of research that the company claims to have been wrongfully deemed Beats’ property, including five of 27 patents and pending patents used in its QC20 headphone set.