Dr. Dre Loses Trademark Battle With Gynecologist Dr. Drai
Dr. Dre's attempt to stop an actual doctor from using a similar name has been shut down after the trademark office sided with the medical doctor.
According to a May 7 report from TMZ, Pennsylvania-based gynecologist Dr. Drai filed to trademark his name, as well as "Doctor Drai OBGYN & Media Personality" in 2015. The attempt to trademark the name led to Dr. Dre trying to block it, claiming that it would cause confusion.
While Drai was born Draion M. Burch, the OB-GYN has been going by Dr. Drai for years and has even written books using the name. Ultimately, the trademark office agreed with the medical doctor, claiming there wasn't enough evidence to show that people would be confused by the two names.
Although Dr. Dre may no longer be the only person with the name, the legendary hip-hop producer's moniker still rings bells with hip-hop fans. Earlier this year, Anderson .Paak surprised fans during a London concert when he brought out Dr. Dre to perform "Still D.R.E." and "The Next Episode."
The singer was featured heavily on Dre's 2015 album, Compton, and the producer is paying him back by working closely with .Paak on his next album. “[Dr. Dre] had a heavy role in this new album that’s almost done as well,” .Paak told Australian radio station Triple J.
A release date for the project has yet to be revealed but .Paak said fans can expect the album to release sometime this year.
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