Apple’s Beats and Bose Settle Noise-Canceling Headphone Patent Dispute
According to Bloomberg, Apple’s Beats has settled with Bose over a patent dispute over noise-canceling headphones:
Bose Corp. and Apple Inc.’s Beats Electronics settled a patent dispute over noise-canceling headphones.
Bose and Beats in joint filings told a U.S. court in Delaware they’ve settled their claims, and asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to terminate its investigation.
No terms of the settlement were made public.
Bose wanted the ITC to block imports of Beats Studio wired and wireless headphones, making the claim the latter infringed on its patents in a suit filed back in July, noting Apple-owned Beats was able to “derive substantial revenue from the sale and use of products,” thanks to inventions by the Massachusetts-based headphone maker.
The business relationship between both companies has begun to deterioriate, most likely starting from this patent dispute and the fact Apple wants to promote its own premium line of Beats headphones.
The NFL signed an exclusively deal with Bose, which banned non-Bose headphones from being worn on TV. San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, who is sponsored by Beats, defied the ruling and was recently fined $10,000 but the league.
Earlier today, rumours noted Apple and Bose were to end their retail partnership, with all inventory from the latter to be removed from Apple retail stores.