Dr. Dre Loses Trademark Claim Against 'Dr. Drai'

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    May 11, 2018 08:14

    Dr. Dre has lost his trademark fight against Dr. Drai.

    The rapper, whose real name is Andre Young, objected to the trademark application of a Pennsylvania gynecologist whose nickname is spelled differently but sounds the same. Dr. Draion M. Burch's website advertises that he's a sex expert, "obgyn and media personality."

    In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Dr. Dre attends the WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at MoMA in New York. /AP

    Burch goes by a shortened version of his first name and applied to register it as a trademark. The rapper objected, saying the public would be confused and assume a connection between him and the gynecologist.

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has disagreed, saying consumers will be able to distinguish between the two.

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