Dr Dre Just Lost a Trademark Battle With a Gynecologist

Dr. Dre was just owned in a battle — but not by another rapper. The mixing board ace and emcee lost a trademark fight against a gynecologist who aimed to copyright the name “Dr. Drai.”

Pennsylvania-based doctor Draion M. Burch has prevailed against Andre Romelle Young, who argued to the U.S. trademark office that such a request could cause “confusion,” particularly since Dr. Drai planned to sell audio books and seminars under the moniker.

In a USPTO filing obtained by TheWrap Wednesday, Burch countered that such an uncertainty was unlikely, “because Dr Dre is not a medical doctor nor is he qualified to provide any type of medical services or sell products specifically in the medical or healthcare industry.”

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The real M.D. further argued that he was not actually trading on Dr. Dre’s reputation because such an association would be “a bad reflection on me as a doctor,” citing lyrics Burch characterized as misogynistic and homophobic.

Doctors like Burch — who is the author of “20 Things You May Not Know About A Vagina” — generally command a speaking fee of about $5,000. That large price tag played into the eventual decision, as such a hefty spend means a consumer would be likely to exercise a “higher degree of care” than for a casual purchase, the trademark office said.

In other words, no one is confusing the new Dr. Drai’s costly services for a $1.29 iTunes purchase of “Forgot About Dre.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this story.

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