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Bose loses lifestyle war with CEDIA

May 4th, 2007 · No Comments

Bose’s litigious attempts to claim the word ‘lifestyle’ as a trademark for its music systems are well known in the AV industry, but it looks as though a move to prevent the Custom Installation industry body from using the term ‘Electronic Lifestyles’ has fallen on deaf ears.
An appeal board at the US Patent and Trademark Office has ruled that ‘Bose’s accusations of fraud, abandonment and likelihood of confusion had no merit’. The judgment also ruled that Bose had unreasonably delayed bringing its claims against CEDIA.
Bose began selling its ‘Lifestyle music systems’ in 1990 and now claims ‘incontestable long prior rights’ to the terminology, as well as the exclusive right to the word ‘Lifestyle’ when used in connection with music systems.
Don Gilpin, executive director of CEDIA, is delighted by the ruling: “Electronic Lifestyles is a spectacular asset that CEDIA has spent countless man hours and significant dollars building. We will immediately expand the use of Electronic Lifestyles to continue creating new alliances and forging major in-roads with the architecture, building and interior design communities.”

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