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Bose sues Beats following headphone patent issues

SAN FRANCISCO--Audio technology veteran Bose Corporation on Friday sued Beats Electronics over patented technology for canceling noise in earphones.

The suit filed in federal court in the U.S. state of Delaware pits the 50-year-old firm against an Internet Age youngster being bought by Apple in a deal valued at US$3 billion.

“Bose brings this action against Beats to protect its valuable patented technology for noise-canceling headphones,” lawyers for the company said in a copy of the suit obtained by AFP.

Attorneys said they had also filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, which has the power to block imports of headsets found to infringe on patented technology.

Bose accused Beats of infringing on five of its patents for cutting out unwanted noise in headphones, particularly by canceling it out with other sound waves.

The technology is referred to as active noise reduction.

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