Oct 13, 2014

Bose and Beats Settle Noise Cancellation Patent Dispute, avoid Courtroom Battle

Bose and Beats are engaged in a very public battle as both headphone makers vie for exposure, but their feud won't be carrying over into courtrooms. Bose has agreed to dismiss a patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Beats back in July. The company originally claimed Beats had wrongfully stolen ideas covered by its patents on noise cancelation technology. And noise cancelation is key to Bose's success; the company's QuietComfort headphones are widely regarded as best in class for tuning out background noise. Bose filed to block imports of Beats Studio and Beats Studio Wireless headphones into the United States. But now attorneys on both sides say they've reached an accord and have asked the International Trade Commission to halt its investigation over any potential patent infringement.