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Apple Inc. (AAPL) And Bose Settle Patent Infringement But At What Cost?

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Bose have reached an agreement over a Patent dispute involving Beats headphones preventing any chances of a lengthy legal battle. Bloomberg’s Trish Regan reports that Bose had moved to block the importation of Beats headphones claiming its noise patents had been infringed.

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As a result of the settlement, the two companies have asked the U.S. Trade Commission to terminate investigations into the matter. Terms of the settlement have not yet been disclosed. Bose had filed a lawsuit in July accusing Beats of infringing on its five patents that resulted in it losing profits and sales and was consequently seeking unspecified damages.

“Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) beats electronics settled a patent dispute with Bose this summer. Bose partitioned to block imports of beats headphones claiming that the company used its inventions without paying the two companies now say they have settled their claims,” said Mrs. Regan.

Bose had accused Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Beat electronics of using its noise cancellation technology without permission, a technology that is key to its success. At the moment, Bose QuietComfort headphones are regarded as the best in the space especially in turning out any background noise. The court battle may be over, but the two companies are set to up their rivalry as they look to attract masses in terms of sales.

A battle of supremacy is already looming after Bose signed an exclusive deal with the NFL making its headphones the official brand for leagues. Players are already being fined for wearing other brands such as Beats. There has already been reports that Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) is planning to kick out Bose’s products from its retail stores a decision that will likely cover everything beyond the headphone taking the rivalry to another new level.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) bought beats for $3 billion as it looks to cement its position in the entertainment scenery with a line of products.

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