Famous rap producer Andre Romelle Young (aka Dr. Dre) has been active in the music industry for decades. However, it has only been within the last few years that he’s had a dispute over his stage name.
The case first appeared back in 2015, when Pennsylvania gynaecologist, Draion M Burch, tried to trademark the name Dr. Drai.
The hip hop star objected to this, saying the similarity between the two could cause confusion, especially as “Dr. Drai” wanted to sell audio books and seminars under his full name. However, the US trademark office disagreed with his argument, and dismissed the case.
The ruling was made last week, saying that while the two names were similar, Dr. Dre had failed to show that people would be misled into buying Dr. Drai’s products instead of his. It doesn’t exactly take a hardcore rap fan to know the difference between name of the music producer and doctor of gynaecology, does it? They are, after all, two separate professions, that one would gather quite quickly.
Dr. Drai argued that the consumer would be likely to exercise a “higher degree of care” rather than someone making a casual purchase. He also argued it would be highly unlikely that consumers would confuse the two names, 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”.
So, does this mean that Professor Green isn’t actually a professor, either? Or that Eminem isn’t actually chocolate snack made by Mars, Inc?
Dr. Drai further asserted that he did not wish to be associated with Dr. Dre’s reputation because it would be “a bad reflection on me as a doctor“, citing lyrics he said were misogynistic and homophobic. So, Dr. Drai was clearly not a fan of Dr. Dre’s music either, it seems.
Despite the similarities in the name, they are obviously two completely different people, and anyone taking up either’s services or products in a wrongful purchase, as a result, would have to be drunk or highly unintelligent.
Whilst the gynaecologist has published books such as “20 Things You May Not Know About A Vagina” (helpful reading) and describes himself as one of America’s top health experts, Dr. Dre’s career is obviously a lot different with his platinum album ‘The Chronic‘.
Dr. Dre’s recently been in the Netflix documentary “The Defiant Ones“, which is about his rise from the streets of Compton to the multi-millionaire music executive that he is today.
But back to the name’s again – do you believe it was a just ruling that Dr Dre’s case against a gynaecologist was dismissed, or do you think he should’ve won that one? Do let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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