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post #106 of 487
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Originally Posted by guerillaw View Post

 In light of the above, one could make the case that Yamaha purposely violated the patent as a sound business strategy. 

I've never thought of it from that perspective. Interesting idea.

 

Does anyone know exactly which patents Yamaha have allegedly violated? Curious to see exactly what angle beats are taking.

post #107 of 487
Very good points here.
post #108 of 487

If Yamaha copied anyone maybe it was Shure not Beats. Whatever the case may be Monster has a history of suing rival companies. 

post #109 of 487
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Originally Posted by fatcat28037 View Post

If Yamaha copied anyone maybe it was Shure not Beats. Whatever the case may be Monster has a history of suing rival companies. 


As a reminder, Monster and Beats split off some time ago into two separate and distinct companies.

post #110 of 487

First of all the headphones are not exactly alike in materials, design specs, and looks.  Second, direct competition is a good thing and in most cases the people who buy either of these headphones had a choice to buy the other thus the decision was made not based on how it look rather than cost, sound, brand.  If you want a Beats product you make sure that is the one you buy.  How is buying a Yamaha product outing Beats?  Greed is just shameful sometimes and this is yet another example of it.

 

Sure Beats has a right to sue, but take a look.  Even if the designs were much closer in looks, the fact that Yamaha has their logo on it tells everyone buying it that it is Yamaha branded not Beats.  If Yamaha moves in on some of Beats' customers let the best headphone win.

 

Regarding the Fanny Wang case:

In Oct. 2011, Beats settled a design-patent case that it brought against Fanny Wang over that company’s headphones.

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http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/beats-sues-yamaha-over-headphone-design-patents/104995


Edited by NA Blur - 2/15/13 at 3:25pm
post #111 of 487

I feel that this discussion has been going on long before this lawsuit even started. I remember people in the SRH840 thread saying how the SRH240 looks like the Studios...2 years ago.

 

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post #112 of 487

Yamaha's sound beats (pun) the Beats hands down.  If we're going by sonic merits, Yamaha should win by default!  I auditioned the Pro 400 and 500s a week ago, and they DO look a lot like the Studios...all glossy and fingerprint prone.  Yamaha might lose this one...and it will be for the better.  Maybe they'll start making their cans look more like audio equipment and less like toys.
 

post #113 of 487
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Originally Posted by Rixlplyx View Post

Yamaha's sound beats (pun) the Beats hands down.  If we're going by sonic merits, Yamaha should win by default!  I auditioned the Pro 400 and 500s a week ago, and they DO look a lot like the Studios...all glossy and fingerprint prone.  Yamaha might lose this one...and it will be for the better.  Maybe they'll start making their cans look more like audio equipment and less like toys.
 

YES!

post #114 of 487
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Originally Posted by Davedog View Post

I can understand where the lawsuit is coming from and frankly, the styling IS a rip-off.

but Copyrighting shapes is silly, all large over-ear headphones are going to have the same generic shape, 2 cans and a headband. yes beats are selling the look but trying to sue is almost as daft as say... apple trying to patent a rectangle with rounded corners.


  Didnt Apple, in fact, try to sue Android or someone, for the shape of the wifi indicator too?

 

  Lets see, round cups - check. Blingy logo on said cup - check. Round'ish shaped headband - check. Sound quality better - that's it, sue them...=P

post #115 of 487

That Dr... Who thing made me laugh so hard! I reckon beats has the rights to sue Yamaha but Yamaha shouldn't have copied them in the first place... Beats are a total rip off and only teens wear them so why would Yamaha try to compete with them?

post #116 of 487
another means for earning money...
Edited by anuraj250 - 2/16/13 at 12:17am
post #117 of 487

Yamaha should hire Kurt Denke of Blue Jeans Cable to deal with this.

 

http://www.bluejeanscable.com/legal/mcp/index.htm

 

Classic!

 

se

post #118 of 487
Nothing is new in this world, that shape has surely been used before. Watch out if Apple launches some headphones, they're going to patent headphones with sound going to both ears. smily_headphones1.gif
post #119 of 487
Personally, I think Beats phones are low quality. However, if I was Beats, I'd freak out and take 'em to court...
post #120 of 487

While I'm personally disappointed with Yamaha's decision to adopt the same style as Beats, I really don't think that Dr. Dre has a chance in winning this. I mean, new money cans can't possibly hold a finger to a dynasty of motorcycles, audio products, musical instruments, and software. 

I mean, look at the Yamaha V-Max for christ sakes. A company that can make that kind of two-wheeled beast can't possibly lose to some crappy headphone peddler when the amount of R&D is worth more than Beats Audio could ever hope to make.

tl;dr, it's like a single ant picking a fight with a T-rex.


Edited by socks2sound - 2/16/13 at 3:41am
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