Apple-owned Beats settles suit with Bose over noise-cancelling headphone patents


A few weeks ago, Bose sued Apple’s Beats Electronics over patents related to technologies used in noise-cancelling headphones. Today, Bloomberg reports that the two companies have settled the patent suit, and asked the International Trade Commission to stop its investigation.

The news comes on the same day as a report that claimed Apple may remove all Bose audio products from their retail stores.

Bloomberg reports:

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.

Bose, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, said it began developing its noise-canceling technology almost four decades ago and started selling its QuietComfort headphones in 2000.

Apple acquired Beats for $3 billion in May, including both the headphone-making division Beats Electronic and streaming music service Beats Music.  Bose filed a lawsuit not long after that, claiming that Beats was infringing five of its patents relating to noise cancellation. The terms of settlement between the two companies haven’t been disclosed yet.

It’s also worth noting that Bose struck with the National Football League recently, which prohibits players from wearing Beats-branded headphones while on camera, at any time. As a result of this deal, players that have endorsement deals with Beats, like the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, are faced with an interesting situation: ignore the endorsement deal, or get fined for wearing the headphones while on camera.

[via Bloomberg]