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Dr Dre, "I need a Doctor" - just not Dr Drai

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Dr Dre v Dr Dra

Dr DreDr Dre has recently lost his legal battle against Pennsylvania based gynaecologist Dr Drai. Dr Dre has unsuccessfully tried to argue that the OBGYN’s name is confusingly similar to his own and his accompanying trade mark.

In 2015, Dr Drai applied to register his trade mark: “Dr Drai OBGYN and Media Personality”. Dr Dre argued that this would cause confusion for consumers. However, Dr Drai’s trade mark has been found not to dilute the trade mark of Dr Dre and as such now stands in its own right.

Dr Drai’s trade mark comes from his own name, Dr Draion M Burch, and he prides himself in being one of the top winning health experts in America. He has published 20 books and makes public appearances whilst touring as a media personality. Dr Drai has been using the name for years and can now continue to do so with added protection.

Our assistance with trade marks

Trademark on a tabletAt Franklins Solicitors LLP, we understand the importance of trade marks and their capability in distinguishing the goods or services of one entity from another. We also fully appreciate the importance of protecting your rights and determining the most appropriate protection for you and/or your business.

We are able to assist in protecting the trade marks for both individuals and businesses. We can also ensure that any client who has had their trade mark infringed is fully informed of their position and any options in respect of moving the matter forward; and even considering litigation.

Registered trademarksIt is not just important to ensure that our clients’ rights are protected, but also to provide advice on how to ensure that the trade marks of another are not infringed. Our broad knowledge and expertise allows us to provide well rounded and tailored advice, suitable to each of our clients’ individual needs.

Furthermore, should you receive communications accusing you of infringing a trade mark, we are able to review the circumstances with you and provide advice tailored on your position. We can then provide assistance in the progression and resolution of the matter, whether the claims are denied, misunderstood or true.

If you have been considering applying for a trade mark and require assistance, or if you would like further information in relation to both registered and unregistered trade marks please feel free to contact me, or one of our team on 01908 660 966.

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