Dr. Dre Loses Trademark Battle To An Actual Doctor Named Dr. Drai

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The rapper and producer Andre Young who uses the stage name "Dr. Dre" objected, stating that the two similar-sounding names might cause "confusion" and a "suggestion of a connection" between the two.

Dre argued that his name is sufficiently related to the types of services and products Burch offers, including MP3 files, magazines, audiobooks, and other public performances, associated with the greater entertainment industry of which he is a major component.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office agreed with the man who went to medical school, ruling last week that consumers aren't likely to be confused between the gynecologist and the Grammy victor, or believe "the parties' goods and services would emanate from the same source".

The FADER has reached out to Dr. Dre for comment.

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Legendary hip-hop icon and music mogul Dr. Dre lost a trademark battle last week with a Pennsylvania-based gynecologist named Dr. Draion M. Burch. Furthermore, Drai is Burch's actual name and he is actually a doctor.

The trademark office also noted that due to the high cost of Dr. Burch's speaking engagements ($5,000 USD), consumers were more likely to exercise a "higher degree of care" and other due diligence before choosing to purchase tickets or books by the U.S. doctor.

"I was just appalled how someone would think that I wanted to be them and I actually went to medical school", the 49-page court document quotes Drai. "I was hurt that someone was attacking me in my position as being a doctor", he explained.

Burch contended that it would be unlikely consumers would be confused by the names.

He said that there would be no confusion as Dre doesn't have any medical background.

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