Apple’s Beats Settles Headphone Patent Dispute With Bose

Bose Corp. and Apple Inc.’s Beats Electronics settled a patent dispute over noise-canceling headphones.

Bose and Beats in joint filings told a U.S. court in Delaware they’ve settled their claims, and asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to terminate its investigation.

Bose in July had petitioned the trade agency to block imports of Beats Studio and Beats Studio Wireless headphones over claims the company used its inventions without paying. Its lawsuit in Wilmington, Delaware, made the same claims.

In May, Apple agreed to pay $3 billion to buy headphones and streaming-music service Beats in the company’s biggest-ever purchase.

Bose, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, said it began developing its noise-canceling technology almost four decades ago and started selling its QuietComfort headphones in 2000.

The ITC case is In the Matter of Certain Noise Canceling Headphones and Components Thereof, Complaint No. 3024, U.S. International Trade Commission (Washington) and the civil suit is Bose Corp. v. Beats Electronics LLC., 14cv980, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware (Wilmington).

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