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

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says consumers can distinguish between the rapper and the Pennsylvania gynecologist

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    Dr. Dre Loses Trademark Claim Against 'Dr. Drai'
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    Dr. Dre attends the premiere of "The Defiant Ones" at Paramount Theatre on June 22, 2017 in Hollywood, California. The rapper has lost his trademark fight against Pennsylvania gynecologist Dr. Drai.

    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."

    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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    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)