Rap or Pap? Dr. Dre Loses Trademark Battle With Dr. Drai, A Gynecologist

from the still-drai dept

I trust that readers of this site young and old will be familiar with Dr. Dre. The wildly famous rapper has made hit records, produced some of the biggest names in hip hop, been a mogul in the music hardware space with his headphone line, and performed countless pelvic exams on women throughout the American northeast.

Wait, that last part can't be right. Surely I was legitimately confused by the existence of Dr. Drai, an OB/GYN in Pennsylvania who dared attempt to get a trademark on his name for his doctor-ly practice. It seems that Dr. Dre has been locked in a trademark opposition with Dr. Drai going on three years, arguing that the absurd example of faked confusion above is actually likely to happen for real.

Dr. Drai, a Pennsylvania-based gynecologist filed in 2015 to trademark his name and “Doctor Drai OBGYN & Media Personality." Dr. Dre tried to pump the brakes on that application, claiming it would cause confusion in the marketplace ... since their names sound alike.

The gyno was born Draion M. Burch, but according to his application he's been going by Dr. Drai for years. He's authored books and makes public appearances using it.

Dre's opposition is obviously, and hilariously, without merit. The whole point of trademark law is to keep the public from being confused as to the source of goods and services. Because of that, trademarks are valid only for given markets. Dr. Dre has a perfectly valid trademark case to make in the realm of music and entertainment. He has zero case to make in the realm of medical practices, no matter what stage name he chose to take all those years ago. In short, no woman is scheduling a visit with a gynecologist under the impression that the D.R.E. would be the one performing it.

The trademark office, of course, agreed.

The trademark office agreed with the medical doc, saying although the gangsta doc was well known ... there wasn't enough evidence people would be confused. Let's be honest ... no one's downloading "The Chronic" from a gyno. Although, sounds like there should be a shot for that.

Point being ... the case was dismissed.

Don't worry, Dre. We still won't forget about you.


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    Ninja (profile), 11 May 2018 @ 10:55am

    "and performed countless pelvic exams on women throughout the American northeast."

    Not to confuse exams with "exams". Oh wait, Dr. Dre actually has a point? /derp

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    That One Guy (profile), 11 May 2018 @ 11:25am

    That mental association isn't going away anytime soon

    So 'Doctor' Dre is regularly confused as a gynecologist, to the point that he even felt the need to go legal to prevent the problem from getting even worse. Got it.

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      Anonymous Coward, 11 May 2018 @ 12:19pm

      Re: That mental association isn't going away anytime soon

      This story would have been so much better had the trademark office asked the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine which one should be called 'Doctor'.

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    Eminem, 11 May 2018 @ 12:15pm

    Who let Dre out of my basement?

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 May 2018 @ 12:38pm

    Don't worry, Dre, nobody would ever confuse you for someone who can't be trusted around women.

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    Roger Strong (profile), 11 May 2018 @ 12:53pm

    Dr. Drai, a Pennsylvania-based gynecologist filed in 2015 to trademark his name and “Doctor Drai OBGYN & Media Personality."

    A more fortunate choice than his name and "The Cocky Gynecologist."

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 May 2018 @ 1:16pm

    One thing I learned while still in middle school was that anyone born with a Y chromosome does not get to crack any kind of gynecologist jokes ever. It's completely off limits (outside of locker rooms of course)

    Timothy Geigner had better "check his privilege" before the "me too" movement starts demanding his head on a platter.

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      Anonymous Coward, 11 May 2018 @ 1:21pm

      Re:

      So you feel your rights to offend the opposite sex have been infringed upon ... well, cry me a river.

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      Anonymous Coward, 11 May 2018 @ 1:31pm

      Re:

      I think you need your lithium levels checked. Bizarre ideation is a hallmark symptom of a maniac episode.

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      Anonymous Coward, 11 May 2018 @ 8:24pm

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      Did I miss something? Where did Geigner make a gynecologist joke?

      Also, I'll take the words of George Carlin over a random AC. To paraphrase, 'anything can be turned into a joke, it just depends on where the exaggeration is.'

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    Pixelation, 11 May 2018 @ 3:34pm

    Dr. Dre is now a PAP star too!

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 May 2018 @ 1:57pm

    Can...Can I buy the ability to *un*-First-Word that smear of crap that's currently occupying that slot?

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    Anne Onymousse, 14 May 2018 @ 7:25am

    Ironically, Dre has insured that it'll be markedly more difficult for people to Forget About Drai.

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