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Feds probe patent breach of Bose headphones

The U.S. International Trade Commission said it will investigate claims by the audio-equipment maker that some firms are importing headphones that infringe on its patents.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Bose Corp. is making some noise about possible patent infringement. And a federal agency is listening.

The U.S. International Trade Commission said Thursday it will investigate claims by the audio-equipment maker that several companies are importing noise-cancelling headphones that infringe on its patents.

On Nov. 29, Bose asked the commission to initiate the investigation. The company, based in Framingham, Mass., wants the ITC to ban the import and sale of certain headphones by Logitech Inc., Panasonic Corp. of North America, Creative Labs Inc. and several other small firms, due to the alleged patent infringement.

Phone calls to Logitech, Panasonic and Creative Labs were not immediately returned. Panasonic is a division of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. based in Osaka, Japan. Logitech is a unit of Logitech International SA, based in Switzerland, and Creative Labs Inc. is a division of Singapore-based Creative Technology Ltd.

The ITC performs economic research on trade agreements and investigates unfair trade practices, and has the authority to bar imports that infringe U.S. patents and trademarks.

Shares of Logitech rose 4 cents to $35.91, while Matsushita shares rose 20 cents to $20.72 in afternoon trading Thursday.