If a rapper and a gynaecologist would fight, we would put our money on the rapper any day. However, when it’s a trademark battle, it becomes a whole different story.
Hip-hop icon Dr. Dre filed an opposition with the US trademark office (USPTO) in 2015, after Pennsylvania medic Draion Burch, a media personality and author of books including “20 Things You May Not Know About the Vagina“, applied to register the name Dr Drai.
The rapper claimed this would cause confusion, since the medic also had the intention to sell audiobooks, podcasts and MP3s. Also, Burch is alleged to “trade on the goodwill generated” by Dr. Dre’s name.
But the doctor stroke back: “Dr Dre is not a medical doctor nor is he qualified to provide any type of medical services”. And he added that Dr. Dre had not a very good reputation, as he was “known for misogyny and homophobic things” which would be “a bad reflection on me as a doctor”.
The USPTO sided with Mr Burch and dismissed Dr Dre’s case, stating that it found it was unlikely customers would be misled into buying Dr Drai’s products.