Temporary restraining order was denied, as convincing evidence of infringement was not proven
On Monday, Fanny Wang Headphone Co. appeared in San Francisco Federal Court to argue a motion filed by Monster Cable and Beats Electronics to prevent them from showing their new headphones at CES, a product that would inevitably raise the bar in style and sound against Beats by Dr. Dre. The judge denied the restraining order indicating that there is insufficient evidence that the new headphones infringe on patents and trade dress as alleged by Monster.
Fanny Wang successfully argued that the on-ear headphones do not infringe on Monster Cable’s design patent due to its distinct ornamental design, also arguing that the functional elements (hinges and slides) are not protected under design patent law. In court, Fanny Wang also showed examples of similar unibody designs from Shure®, Sony® and others to illustrate the trend in this style. Fanny Wang also contrasted the marketing of their product, which features strong, exotic, female models, to Beats spokesperson, Dr. Dre.
“We aren’t surprised by the judge’s ruling that there is insufficient evidence supporting Monster’s allegations. We really feel that Monster and Beats purposely created unnecessary burden by timing their motion to coincide with CES,” said Tim Hickman, CEO and Co-Founder of Fanny Wang Headphone Co. “Justice has prevailed, and now consumers, retailers and distributors will be able to compare the headphone products based on design and performance.”
With the ruling, Fanny Wang Headphone Co. is proud that it will be at the CES in Las Vegas for media and retailers to learn more about the new audio fashion brand. Interested CES attendees can visit the Fanny Wang Headphone Co. in the North Hall’s iLounge Pavilion, booth #5238. The Fanny Wang On-Ear Headphones will be available to test during regular show hours.
Such lawsuits are not uncommon for Monster Cable. Online records show that Monster has sued 10 companies just since Christmas. The public can show their support for Fanny Wang and headphone innovation by “friending” their Facebook page (HelpFannyWangBeatMonster http://www.facebook.com/HelpFannyWangBeatMonster or donating to their legal defense fund, which will give $100 credit on future Fanny Wang headphone orders for every $50 donation. Details regarding the Monster Cable and Beats Electronics lawsuit against Fanny Wang (California Northern District Court, Case Number: 3:2010cv05680) are at http://www.FannyWang.com.
Fanny Wang Headphone Co. is a new line of ultra premium headphones, which launched on December 10, 2010, and is now shipping. With fashion brands outpacing tech brands over the last year, Fanny Wang is setting itself apart by providing a superior sound, eye-catching style and competitive pricing – the best of fashion and technology for audio. The headphones are available on the Fanny Wang website http://www.fannywang.com.