If there is some irony to this story, which broke today, of Bose suing Beats it is because it will be purchased by Apple, which has been on a rampage against other phone manufactures, specifically Samsung, for infringing its patents related to its iPhones and iPads.
The Sue is on the Other Foot
In the lawsuit brought on by Bose, it claims that Beats infringed on no less than 36 of its US Patents. The bottom line for Bose is that it wants a sales injunction, and cash rewards for damages.
If this scenario sounds all too familiar, Apple lawyers used these same types of strategies to stop Samsung phones from being sold in this country. In common vernacular, some would say that what goes around comes around.
The Sounds of Silence
A sore spot that is bothering Bose is it claims that its BOSE QuietComfort noise cancelling headphone patents have been lifted and used in Beats headphone products such as the Beats Studio and Beats Pro headphones.
The reason why Bose is making so much noise about this, so to speak, is because they want to protect its intellectual property and recoup lost proceeds that are directly related to lost sales and costs regarding its research and development of its noise cancelling headphones.
In legal language by Bose, it stated in part:
"To protect its investments, Bose has sought patent protection, and owns many patents and patent applications. Because Bose invests heavily in research and development, and because Bose has built its reputation on producing superior products through innovative technology, Boses continued success depends in substantial part on its ability to establish, maintain, and protect its proprietary technology through enforcement of its patent rights."
Translation: We’ve got great stuff, Beats stole from us, and we want our money.