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Exclusive: Veteran Producer Dr. Dre Goes After “DiamondDRE” Over Name, Trademark


(AllHipHop News) Lawyers for world-famous producer Dr. Dre are attempting to prevent an upcoming producer from using his approved trademark, claiming it is too similar to the famous producer’s own name.

Producer Drew “DiamondDRE” Reyes received approval for his “DiamondDRE” trademark in April of 2007.

He put his trademark into use in 2010 and in late 2011, lawyers for the rapper contacted DiamondDRE’s attorney, threatening to cancel the mark.

A legal battle has now ensued over Dr. Dre’s assertion to own all rights to any trademark using the capitalized word “DRE,” which he has owned as a trademarked since 1981.

“‘DiamondDRE’ is my stage name and my artistic identity, and Dr. Dre’s attorney is arguing that my mark will cause confusion with his client, Mr. Andre Young (aka Dr. Dre),” Drew “DiamondDRE” Reyes told AllHipHop.com. “He’s threatening me by promising to petition to cancel my service mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, if I don’t comply with his terms. How can anyone confuse “Dr. Dre” with “DiamondDRE”?

Dr. Dre’s attorney Robert Becker sees things a bit different.

According to documents sent to DiamondDRE’s attorney Theresa V. Johnson, Esq., Dre’s lawyer Robert Becker believes that the capitalization of the word “DRE” in name is where the confusion in the trademarks arise.

“Given our clients fame in the music business as both a producer and performer, particularly with regard to Hip-Hop, in which your client is also active, any use by a performer of the name or mark DRE or of a name or mark that contains DRE, maybe confused with him,” Becker told DiamondDre’s lawyer. “But your client’s mark is particularly likely to be confused with our client, because your client is emphasizing DRE over the rest of the mark.”

Dr. Dre’s lawyer maintained that they were not being heavy-handed, they were simply trying to protect their valuable trademark, which is used in commerce on a variety of products, including phones, headphones, computers and tablets.

Dre’s lawyer also said that Reyes could use the “DiamondDre” name, as long as he never emphasized the letters “DRE.”

“Because our client respects fellow musicians and producers and prefers to resolve conflicts amicably, our client is willing to refrain from filing a petition to cancel your client’s registration… provided your client agrees to always present his mark – both online and in the brick and mortar world – as “Diamonddre or DIAMONDDRE.”

Still, Dr. Dre’s position is not sitting well with Reyes, who stated that he would continue to use the name, until Dr. Dre took formal legal action.

And even then, he vowed to fight the lawsuit.

“There’s no telling how many other artists he may have been blocked in the past…I REFUSE to let any person, regardless of whom they are or their status, to bully me; I don’t know if it’s because of some apprehensive complex you [Dr. Dre] may have, whether it’s cause you’re afraid another artist named “DRE” may outshine you or become fans of another artist’s work
besides your own. But I will tell you this…my name is DiamondDRE.”

DiamondDRE’s lawyer was a bit more diplomatic when approaching the matter with Dr. Dre’s lawyer.

“We do not wish to engage in a battle with your client unless you try to bar Mr. Reyes from using his mark DiamondDRE anyway he deems appropriate,” Theresa V. Johnson, Esq said. “We respectfully ask that you leave Mr. Reyes alone as his business venture is in no way a threat to “the world-famous music producer, rapper and musical entertainer Andre Young.”

Check out the lawyer correspondence below:

 

  • why is this dude doing everything but detox???
     
    remember he made that announcement last year?
     
    “420 baby!! we coming on 4-20..”
     
    yall know what came out on 4-20 from dre???
     
    A DAMN CAR COMMERCIAL!!!
     
    I’ll be the first to say it…
     
    FUUCK DETOX!!!!
     
     

  • David Gonz

    asoep rock shold take asap rocky to court… foxy brown(reggae) should take foxy brown to court.. bobby digital shuld take the rza rto court. guru shoulda took young guru to court… 

  • David Gonz

    dr dre should have took dr dre (yo mtv raps) to court

  • water_ur_seeds

    Cool and Dre, Dresta The Gangsta why He not beefing them?

    Young Guru – Guru

    There was like 100 Biggie Smalls in the 90s, I remember I think hearing Pac had to have A word with someone I believe to change his rap name…

    • thuglifefukdapolice

      PAC REAL NAME WAS TUPAC SHAKUR NOT WHEN HE WAS BORN BUT A COUPLE MONTHS LATER HIS MOMS CHANGED IT SO STFU U NIGGAS LEAVE PAC OUT UR MOUF WEST SIDE THUG LIFE OUTLAW IMMORTALS

  • water_ur_seeds

    haha oh yeah i forgot about doctor dre 

  • Dude must think diamondDre is gone take some shyne ayway lol

  • rep87

    you can file a  lawsuit  over anything

  • The_REAL_realtalk

    This is actually dum with no “b”

  • TheReaEmajor_on_twitter

    You can never assume the level of success one might achieve and who may or may not become a serious threat…..besides dude has a lawyer, you never know who is backing him (DiamondDRE)….he could be sent by a major player trying to slip under the radar to make money off the DRE imprint (Could Be 50 Cent tactics) <—–jus a random possibility. Never Know

    • Guillaume Pilon

      wow………..

      retard

  • Diemenz

    oh please why didnt he sue dr dre from yop mtv raps back in the day then 

  • ANDRE SALAZAR

    What a dumb-ass!! He’s going to waste a lot of cash losing to DRE! I think Dr. DRE is making a reasonable offer to this NO NAME, that’s obviously trying to cash-in on DRE’s hard work! There’s NO logical reason to fight DRE on this! He has a lot to lose & this “producer” should realize  that if the shoe was on the other foot he’d want to protect his future earnings also!

    • therealjjohnson

      you really think he is trying to “cash in” on his work? Like really? The trademark office must have not even thought they were close or he would not have been able to trademark it would he? 

      i don’t think any reasonable person would confuse “dr dre” and “diamond dre”. I’m sure thats the last thing he thought of…

  • suge380

    When Doc say its a wrap, its a wrap. He just trying to get his name out. He know he don’t have a chance in hell on winning.

  • R_REAL_TALK

    well he might as well use the name dre ant doing ss?Hit with it think iam lie-in ask him when detox is coming out and watch him switch the convo with his dre by beats on that aa?ss????

    p.s h?ell yeah

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    • Roberto Ciamora

      Because people by headphones and steal music, I’d release 100 new beats models before an album that your gonna burn from a mediafire link, lol, as a fan it sucks but as a logical smart person its the smart decision

  • thuglifefukdapolice

    DRE

  • thuglifefukdapolice

    DR DRE IS A HOE ASS NIGGA REST IN PEACE 2 EAZY E

  • xdc845

    Come on DRE you been in the game this long we know who you are by now!

  • Soulgasm

    I wonder why he didn’t go after Cool and Dre.  Hell, in that name, Dre is not attached to any other name.

  • what about Doctor Dre of Ed Lover and Doctor Dre they both had that same name for years since the late ’80’s plus they both know each other and dre never said anything about that.

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  • jamaicanbornanbreed

    dre and ed lover was veejays and now ed is a radio host..they aren’t rap producers so this is in a different arena plus the name dre is usually short for andre not andrew nor drew..plus if i had a business called backshots blowout…and u come up wit blackshots blowout after i built a foundation expanding in millions i dnt have the right to get at u…man gotta protect his name it’s his legacy

  • jamaicanbornanbreed

    to quote marlo from the wire “MY NAME IS MY NAME”

  • SDS_Overfiend

    Hoe Ass nigga using Big Bank Take Lil Bank movements.. You niggas still think ya Boy Dre ain’t Running with the Overseers?

    • Tony G.

      no…most of us just have a life so we really dont care

  • erac3rx

    Agree with Dr. Dre on this one.  That said, maybe Dr. Dre would get a bit more respect if he actually put out a f***ing album… Ever.  Sure he’s produced a ton, and a single supposedly off Detox… but yeah… no actual albums released in what.. 12 years now?  If you had shit out it would be obvious.

  • MrTroyMercy

    Just want to say y’all some bytch azz nikkaas for defendind this fruit loop fagggot who doesn’t really do beats and doesn’t write raps …he ain’t dropping Detox cause cocksucker still have to pay Easy and Suge …al his producer bounced and no he trying still Dj Kallil or how ever you spell that shet music ..phuck u if you like this trick named Dr Dre … this site is full of dyckkriding bytch nikkas …his clown so scared of suge that his sucka azz walked away from millions …why the chump ain’t sue suge or eazy ??? Cause he a bytch !!! Phuck all you dyck riding herbs!

    • PorchBoySlim

      and now he got more money than Suge and Easy E is dead…..Easy baby mommas took all his much….couldnt have been that much kuz they still in the hood…Even Lil Eazy said there wasnt no money left after he died….AND Suge got knocked out and the nigga that put him to sleep is still alive so the nigga cant be that gangsta…..u talkin bout niggas ridin Dre dick when u on a dead man and a has beens nuts

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

       hey when u got lawyers on retainer … make em do some work lol sucks for a dude on the come up … but for the dude who is already up gotta put that $$ to use lol 😉

    • Tony G.

      dude…when u can talk some english and come back with some valid facts, maybe we’ll listen

  • this nigga dre trippin, after all these years why didn’t he go after dr dre / ed lover for using the same moniker!!!!!

  • sakiru oresanwo

    some of you bloggers seem blind or retarded, they didnt say he couldn’t use the name dre, they said he shouldnt emphasis just the DRE name (in capital letters) eg Diamonddre is fine, so is DIAMONDDRE,smfh at some of y’all

  • YaheardSyndicate

    dre is tripping especially when there is a Doctor Dre, an La Dre, Dr. Drew, Dresta,  etc. etc. Drake…lol

  • just let any producer name dre make music, sheesh. the dr dont want to

  • Super_Hero

    This is like when Gangstar Guru was trying to claim the name against Jay-Z producer Young Guru. Hip Hop is a bunch of copycats. There are so many artist with the Lil or Young in front of name or back in the day MC and Ice. Stupid lawsuit trying to block someone’s success through his name. If Dre signed him, he would have no problem because he will be eating off his work. Since he is not, lawsuit. Now lets talk about the crackers that keep the black men down a la Dre.

  • Tony G.

    All dude would have to do is make the caps DRE small letters..if u know and understand copyright laws, Dre has a legit case here..and definitely understandable…for those that ask why he didnt sue Dr. Dre from Yo MTV Raps….becuz dude doesnt or never has produced records…so the two would never get confused…and as for those that STILL talk about Detox..I ask..why put out a record that 90% of yall will bootleg when he can get u dummies to drop $250 plus on head phones…u do the math.

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  • jamaicanbornanbreed

    wow to all the internet thugs on this site and all ignorant cave ppl…this is an issue of copyrights NOTHING MORE if i open up a store that sells clothes,food,electronics etc. I CANT CALL IT WAL-MART nor modify it for obvious purposes..the shit is copyright…and stop bringing up a radio personality and veejays dat use the dre name…dem dudes dont prouduce beats..its the man name..as well as legacy….plus who is this diamonddrew….son proably wack neways

  • Vaughn Pyne

    he didnt say nuttin to eazy-e’s partner gangsta dresta and if your new to hip hop ed lovers partner name is doctor dre too so who had it first ???

    • read the article. he doesnt mind diamonddre just not when the dre is in caps because it shows emphasis leading to confusion. if it were DREsta it would have been different. 

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