Dr. Dre’s company Beats Electronics seeks to stop many businesses from trademarking the word “beat”

Sony and several smaller companies face lawsuits from Beats

If you’ve been on a subway or an airplane or a college campus recently, chances are you’ve seen someone wearing Beats By Dr. Dre headphones. But perhaps the ubiquity of his brand is making rapper/entrepreneur Dr. Dre overly litigious.

Dr. Dre’s company, Beats Electronics, which makes the headphones as well as speakers and other audio software, is on a trademark rampage, challenging anyone who tries to register a trademark for “beat” or “beats,” regardless of the context.

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