Hip hop icon Dr Dre has misplaced a three-year trademark battle with a gynaecologist and “s3xpert” referred to as Dr Drai.
The Still D.R.E. rapper – whose actual name is Andre Young – objected to the trademark software of the physician and “media character” whose nickname is spelled in a different way however sounds the identical because the music producer’s.
Dr Draion Burch, who has written books equivalent to 20 Things You May Not Know About The Vagina, goes by a shortened model of his name and utilized to register it as a trademark.
But the music star – behind hits equivalent to Forgot About Dre, Dre Day and I Need A Doctor – objected, arguing the general public could be confused and assume a connection between the 2 events.
In a doc printed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, it mentioned Dr Dre argued that his “name within the recording business is sufficiently associated to applicant’s ‘MP3 recordsdata, magazines, audio books, a sequence of books and different sorts of public efficiency’.”
He put it to the division that “it’s past query that the applicant’s marks could be seen by the general public as pointing uniquely and unmistakably to Dr Dre” as Dr Drai had utilized to make use of the name “in connection with companies that relate to the (leisure) business during which Dr Dre is recognised”.
But the United States Patent and Trademark Office dismissed the objection, saying shoppers would be capable of distinguish between the 53-year-old musician and the medical physician, who’s a public speaker on ladies’s well being points.
It mentioned the rapper “failed to point out that a connection could be presumed within the thoughts of the consuming public when the applicant’s Dr Drai marks are utilized in connection with its applied-for items and companies”.
Dr Drai argued he was not utilizing the name so as to additional his profession as he discovered the rap lyrics of the previous NWA star – who recorded the music B****** Ain’t S*** – offensive to the ladies he labored with.
Published within the paperwork, the gynaecologist added: “I can’t be related with anybody that has any form of misogynistic speech as a result of it is a dangerous reflection on me as a physician.”
Dr Dre is taken into account probably the most profitable artists in hip hop and helped launch the careers of Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent earlier than launching his Beats by Dre headphones model.