- Dr. Dre has lost a trademark battle to a gynecologist called Dr. Drai, the BBC reports.
- Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, filed a complaint in 2015 against Draion M. Burch, saying Burch’s moniker would cause “confusion” for consumers.
- Burch argued that people would be unlikely to confuse him with Young “because Dr. Dre is not a medical doctor.”
- The US Patent and Trademark Office dismissed Young’s case in a ruling last week.
Dr. Dre lost a long-running trademark dispute this week to a Pennsylvania gynecologist who was looking to trademark the name Dr. Drai, the BBC reports.
Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, filed a complaint in 2015 against the gynecologist, Draion M. Burch, saying Burch’s “Dr. Drai” moniker would cause “confusion” in the marketplace, as Burch intended to sell audiobooks and webinars using the name.
But the US Patent and Trademark Office dismissed Young’s case in a ruling last week, saying the music mogul failed to show how people would be misled into buying Burch’s products, according to the BBC.
Burch argued that people would be unlikely to confuse him with Young “because Dr. Dre is not a medical doctor nor is he qualified to provide any type of medical services or sell products specifically in the medical or healthcare industry.”
He also said an association with Young would be “a bad reflection on me as a doctor,” citing “misogyny and homophobic things” in Young’s rap lyrics, according to The Washington Post.
Burch, whose website touts him as One of America’s Top Women’s Health Experts,” is the author of the book “20 Things You May Not Know About the Vagina” and the host of webinars with titles like “What Your Mama Didn’t Tell You About Making Babies.”
Young, the legendary producer and rapper who founded the headphones company Beats by Dre, is working on new solo music to follow up his 2015 album, “Compton.”
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