back to article Trademark dispute by Dr Dre against Dr Drai the gynaecologist dismissed

A long-running trademark dispute between rapper Dr Dre and Dr Drai, gynaecologist and author of 20 Things You May Not Know About A Vagina, has been dismissed by the the US trademark office. The case was lodged in 2015 after Pennsylvania-based gynaecologist Draion M Burch attempted to trademark the name Dr Drai. But the …

  1. GruntyMcPugh Silver badge

    So good they named him twice,....

    "Dre Dre"?

    1. GruntyMcPugh Silver badge

      Re: So good they named him twice,....

      And then corrected him once in the article,....

  2. JimmyPage Silver badge
    Coat

    Surely there's a joke about

    c**nts in there ?

    1. Kevin Johnston

      Re: Surely there's a joke about

      Was just coming in with a similar observation. This is a story just pulsating with opportunities for schoolboy humour (or an entire show for an alt.comedian)

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Surely there's a joke about

      I'm not a gynaecologist but I sure do know a lot of .....

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      c**nts

      possibly **rls, d*k*s, v*sc**nts and m*rq**s*s as well

  3. Velv Silver badge
    Headmaster

    "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 strictly speaking the musician shouldn't be using the protected title of Dr and we should look forward to a protracted investigation and legal case

    1. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

      Neil Fox is probably bricking himself.

    2. David Webb

      Depends really, not all doctors are medical. Jeremy Clarkson, that bastion of English something, he can technically call himself Doctor as a University has awarded him a doctorate, ergo he is a Doctor (Dr J Clarkson PhD......)

      1. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

        I thought Dr J was a basketball player?

      2. Arthur the cat Silver badge

        Jeremy Clarkson … can technically call himself Doctor as a University has awarded him a doctorate, ergo he is a Doctor

        He was awarded an honorary doctorate, and you're not supposed to use the title "Doctor" with one of those, only an earned doctorate. However, this is the UK rather than Germany so there are no laws about what titles you can or can't use (except for fraudulent purposes). Hence "Doctor" Liam Fox, even though the man has no earned doctorate and hasn't been a practising medic for decades. I do wish the media would either use the correct Mister or put Doctor in quotes to show Fox up as a poseur.

        1. DavCrav Silver badge

          "Hence "Doctor" Liam Fox, even though the man has no earned doctorate and hasn't been a practising medic for decades."

          I wasn't aware that medical doctors who possess only a Bachelor of Medicine could not call themselves 'Dr' if not practising. Can anyone else confirm?

          Also, as MC Hawking once said, "Dr Dre can suck my dick, that bitch got no Ph.D."

          1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

            Does that rhyme ?

            1. DavCrav Silver badge

              "Does that rhyme ?"

              The full lyric is

              "Dr Dre can suck my dick, that bitch got no Ph.D.

              I lost count of mine, I got stupid whack degrees."

              So the answer is 'sort of'.

  4. Thoguht Silver badge

    In the pink?

    Well, after all the DT trademark kerfuffle, I do hope Dr. Drai's vagina book doesn't have lots of pink things in it.

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  5. Francis Boyle Silver badge

    If Dr Dre is worried about confusion

    it makes me wonder what sort of "services" he's offering in addition to the musical ones. "Yes, of course I'm a real doctor now get up on the examination table".

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
      Trollface

      Re: If Dr Dre is worried about confusion

      People should just call him plain "Andrew". No more confusion with Dr Drai

      1. BrownishMonstr

        Re: If Dr Dre is worried about confusion

        But that would just cause more confusion since his name is Andre. Oh I get it, autocorrection.

  6. }{amis}{ Silver badge
    Joke

    ;->

    I'm sure Dr Drai is chuffed with the outcome.

  7. frank ly Silver badge

    Dr. Drai

    "Dr Drai, gynaecologist and author of 20 Things You May Not Know About A Vagina,..."

    Is he also know as 'The Vagina Pedagogue' or am I getting confused again?

    1. 's water music Silver badge
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Dr. Drai

      Is he also know as 'The Vagina Pedagogue' ...?

      ultimate mansplainer?

      icon--> well duh

      1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

        Re: Dr. Drai

        Is he also know as 'The Vagina Pedagogue' ...?

        Dr Vaj, I presume?

  8. Wolfclaw Silver badge

    U.S rademark office showing common sense, anybody see flying pigs ?

    1. onefang Silver badge
      Joke

      Doesn't Pink Floyd have flying pics trademarked?

  9. Chris G Silver badge

    Trust me

    'I'm a Doctor, your plumbing is in excellent condition Madam but I'm giving you a prescription for these earphones as I am concerned about your cool.'

    1. The_Idiot

      Re: Trust me

      @Chris G

      "'... I'm giving you a prescription for these earphones as I am concerned about your cool.'"

      Well, unless they're Sennheiser HD-600s V-Moda Crossfades (OK - Audio Technica ATH-M50s at a pinch), you can keep your damn prescription! And if it's for those Beats buggers, I see a malpractice suit in your future (Dr Dre, not Lord Chriss G (blush))! So HAH!

      1. StargateSg7 Bronze badge

        Re: Trust me

        AND DO ADD IN German Maestro Headphones (use to be MB Quart) and specifically

        the GMP-450 Pro which have 14 Hz to 24200 Hz for their frequency response AND

        their THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) is ONLY 0,06% (0.06% for USA people) which

        is a STUNNING figure for their price point

        I would take a look at these:

        http://www.german-maestro.de/Englisch/Products/Logic/Headphones/#gmp450pro

        In terms of Dr. Dre ...by convention he SHOULD NOT be using the moniker Dr. in front of his name as he has NO doctorate degree (Ph.D) in any discipline. But when you have 2 BILLION U.S.+ in wealth from selling out to Apple for his Beats headphones, he is allowed to say Who Cares?

        Beats headphone aren't bad headphones (they're actually pretty good for bass!), but I personally would spend for some higher end headphones and in terms of PRICE to PERFORMANCE RATIO, for $350 U.S. on Amazon, the audio QUALITY you get is right up there with Sennheiser and others. Since I have the Studio Reference Headphone versions of AKG, Sennheiser, MB Quart, German Maestro, Sony, Grado, etc. I can make a pretty good comparison of them all.

  10. DNTP

    When you're a DMD (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy) specialist

    And also play DnD.

    Or when your technical support number is one digit off from the baby emergency ward and all your calls, computer or postnatal, open with "Hey, this baby's having some problems."

  11. mark l 2 Silver badge

    I do suspect that Dr Drai has chosen to use this name rather than Dr Draion M Burch for his books purely because it phonetically sounds the same as Dr Dre and it would be a bit of extra publicity.

    1. Anonymous Coward Silver badge
      Paris Hilton

      I read 'Drai' to sound like 'Dry'... which seems inappropriate given the subject matter.

  12. John H Woods Silver badge

    Stephen Paul Manderson

    Well, if Dr Dre can't call himself Dr, WTF is Prof. Green gonna do?

    Personally, I only make the bank (and the occasional business I'm complaining to) call me 'Dr' --- although the owner of our local Chippy, having learned that the scruff in high vis and rigger boots has got a PhD, delights in shouting "Alright, Doc!" at the top of his voice when I walk in.

    1. phuzz Silver badge

      Re: Stephen Paul Manderson

      When adding a friend to my car insurance I figured I'd use 'Dr' as she has a PhD, and maybe it would be a bit cheaper. The bloke on the other end had never heard of the concept of a doctorate and got really confused when I explained she's not a medical doctor.

      Also your chippy owning friend has clearly missed the "what's up doc?" joke that's right there.

  13. Dante Alighieri

    Reynard

    Dr Liam Fox is a qualified medical practitioner.

    The protected title in the UK is Registered Medical Practitioner

    ene fule can call themselves doctor, even dieticians in white coats with stethoscope.

    A very quick check of the GMC medical register shows that Liam Fox qual. 1983 is Registered WITHOUT a licence to practice - someone hasn't kept up to date, been appraised or revalidated, all policies pursued by...

    politicians passeem. Do as I say....

    Common usage is that for those of us with MBBS / MBCHB we are allowed the honorific Dr

    Oddly at my diving club, most had PhD's, none used doctor outside of the lab/work, but muggins here used Dr without a PhD. Still do...

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    20 Things You May Not Know...

    possibilities (books, memes, lawsuits, etc.) are endless. And please, don't even start that dre dre lawyers are proper (...), so obvious!

  15. Graham Jordan

    Dre day

    Well, if the lyrics of Dr. Dre are to be believed, I would expect fake Drai to wind up with a cap in his buttocks and a diss song to go with it.

    Wait, didn't Dre sell off Beats to Apple? Perhaps he should have used their lawyers to fight this. Didn't Apple once get the company Pear to change their logo because a pear looks like an apple?

    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/04/27/apple_lawyers/

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  17. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Coat

    Nothing "Beats"

    Nothing "Beats" a Littman Stethoscope for auscultation. Ask any Clinician

    Trust Me, I am not a Doctor.

    icon: White Coat.

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