Dr. Dre has just lost his long-running lawsuit against a gynecologist to trademark the name Dr. Drai, according to a report by the BBC.
The dispute, which dates back to 2015, started when Dre stated that the similarity of the names could cause “confusion” among fans, particularly as Dr. Drai — real name Draion M. Burch — would be creating audio books and seminars under his alias.
The U.S. trademark office, however, disagreed with Dre’s claims. It threw out the case last week, arguing that Dr. Dre hadn’t provided sufficient evidence to support the claim that fans would mistake the producer and rapper with an OB-GYN. The office also noted that because Dr. Drai’s standard speaking fee is around $5,000, fans of Dre would likely exercise a “higher degree of care” and double-check exactly which Dr. they were booking.
Moreover, Mr. Burch argued that consumers probably wouldn’t confuse the two “because Dr. Dre is not a medical doctor, nor is he qualified to provide any type of medical services, or sell products specifically in the medical or healthcare industry.”
He went on to cite Dre lyrics he found to be misogynistic and homophobic, stating that he’d rather not trade on Dre’s rep, as it would be “a bad reflection on me as a doctor.”
What do you think of the case? And would you confuse Dr. Dre with Dr. Drai?
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