Dr. Dre was just owned in a battle — but not by another rapper. The mixing board ace and emcee lost a trademark fight against a gynecologist who aimed to copyright the name “Dr. Drai.”
Pennsylvania-based doctor Draion M. Burch has prevailed against Andre Romelle Young, who argued to the U.S. trademark office that such a request could cause “confusion,” particularly since Dr. Drai planned to sell audio books and seminars under the moniker.
In a USPTO filing obtained by TheWrap Wednesday, Burch countered that such an uncertainty was unlikely, “because 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.”
The real M.D. further argued that he was not actually trading on Dr. Dre’s reputation because such an association would be “a bad reflection on me as a doctor,” citing lyrics Burch characterized as misogynistic and homophobic.
Doctors like Burch — who is the author of “20 Things You May Not Know About A Vagina” — generally command a speaking fee of about $5,000. That large price tag played into the eventual decision, as such a hefty spend means a consumer would be likely to exercise a “higher degree of care” than for a casual purchase, the trademark office said.
In other words, no one is confusing the new Dr. Drai’s costly services for a $1.29 iTunes purchase of “Forgot About Dre.”
Pamela Chelin contributed to this story.
11 TV Cast Upheavals, From Kevin Spacey in 'House of Cards' to Clayne Crawford in 'Lethal Weapon' (Photos)
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These shows have had major cast shakeups in recent months
Actor Seann William Scott took over the role of Martin Riggs for the show's third season, which got the green light from Fox on May 13. A representative from Warner Bros. Television said the studio "decided not to renew Clayne Crawford’s contract for ‘Lethal Weapon'" after reports of bad behavior on set, described as "complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment."
Crawford apologized last month and wished the "Lethal Weapon" team luck on their third season without him. “To my cast and crew – CONGRATULATIONS on season 3!” Crawford wrote. “To the Fans – Thank you for the overwhelming support and love. Riggs was a dream role and the experience will live with me forever. My heart is full. Good Luck nxt season!!” he said on Instagram over the weekend.
"I take great pride in treating everyone in life with dignity and kindness," the 40-year-old actor said in April. "I am very grateful for my job, and I work extremely hard at it. I have a responsibility to do good work for my coworkers, my family, and my home state, and most especially for the fans. I hope they will stick with me and stick with the show."
Fox bosses said the decision to move ahead with a new season without Crawford was not their decision, but that of Warner Bros.
"Ultimately, our partners at Warner Bros. come to us about three weeks ago to tell us that they could not deliver ‘Lethal Weapon’ as we’ve known it before, that there were some real challenges in the cast. They thought long and hard about it. I know that was not their first choice,” said Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEO, Fox Television Group.