Music icon Dr. Dre loses battle for trademark to medical doctor
Carol Ozemhoya| OW Contributor | 5/10/2018, 10:26 a.m.
Draion M. Burch, also called Dr. Drai, has come out victorious in a three-year legal battle over the name Dr. Drai against music producer Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young. When the gynecologist wanted to trademark his name, Dr. Dre made a legal move to block the trademark, not wanting people to get the two men confused, reports Buzzfeed. Burch won by arguing that “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,” according to court documents. Burch is author of books, including “20 Things You May Not Know About the Vagina.” The doctor also pointed out that trading using Dr. Dre’s reputation would be a “bad reflection on me as a doctor” because some of Dr. Dre’s lyrics can be characterized as misogynistic and homophobic. “I was just appalled how someone would think that I wanted to be them and I actually went to medical school,” Burch said according to the legal documents. The U.S. Patent and Trade Office ruled that “the issue is not whether purchasers would confuse the goods or services, but whether there is a likelihood of confusion as to the source of the goods or services.