Apple's next patent war? Bose slaps Beats with a lawsuit

Summary:The Apple-Beats deal is expected to close during the current quarter, ending mid-September.

Even if public sympathy (or interest) in patent battles is waning, the infringement suits just seem to keep coming.

The latest one could soon involve one of the most prominent players in the ongoing tech patent battles.

Audio electronics maker Bose Corporation has slapped Beats Electronics with a fresh lawsuit, according to CNBC.

Beats was acquired by Apple (no stranger to patent cases) for roughly $3 billion ($2.6 billion in cash, plus $400 million in stock) back in May.

Neither Beats nor Apple has commented publicly on the matter.

But Bose has already commenced proceedings with an official complaint filed at the US District Court for the District of Delaware on Friday.

At least five patents are in question, much of which focus on internal audio processing and frequency technologies versus product design.

The Apple-Beats deal is expected to close during the current quarter , ending mid-September.

Topics: Legal, Apple, Hardware, Mobility


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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