Bose Brings The Legal Beat-Down On Apple's Beats Noise Cancelling Technology

Apple found itself a willing dance partner in Beats, the audio company it agreed to acquire for $3 billion back in May, its biggest acquisition ever. That may have put a giant target on Beats' back, as it now founds itself being sued by Bose Corp. for allegedly infringing on the company's noise-cancelling technology patents.

"We are committed to protecting our investment, protecting our customers and defending the patents we own," Bose said in a statement. "For over 30 years, Bose has made significant investments in the research, development, engineering and design of the proprietary technologies found in our headphones."

Beats Studio
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Bose accuses Beats of infringing on five patents:
  • 6,717,537: Method and apparatus for minimizing latency in digital signal processing systems.
  • 8,054,992: High frequency compensating.
  • 8,073,150: Dynamically configurable ANR signal processing topology.
  • 8,073,151: Dynamically configuragle ANR filter block topology.
  • 8,345,888: Digital high frequency phase compensation.

According to  the lawsuit (PDF), one or more of the above patents are being infringed in the Beats Studio and Beats Studio Wireless products. Bose argues that the alleged infringement is willful and is therefore seeking monetary damages as well as an injunction for "all infringing sales and other infringing acts by Beats."