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Dr. Dre loses trademark battle against Pennsylvania gynecologist

Dr. Dre (L) and Dr. Drai (R)
Photo: C Flanigan (Getty Images), Omar Farlow

Dr. Dre, the rapper-turned-headphone mogul, has been felled in legal battle by one Dr. Drai, a Pennsylvania gynecologist and author of 20 Things You May Not Know About the Vagina. Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ended a years-long scuffle between the two for the right to use their shared homophone by dismissing Dre’s claim against Drai, as The Washington Post reports.

In the claim, Dre said Drai—an aspiring media personality whose website had the high-resolution headshot seen above available for download—was trying to “trade on the goodwill generated by” the Dr. Dre name for his own benefit. Drai countered by saying that, as a gynecologist, the name was more likely to hurt him than help him, given Dre’s history of misogynistic abuse and the homophobic lyrics in his music. (Drai, a self-described “part of the LGBT community,” is also an expert on transgender health issues.) “Being an OB-GYN, I cannot be associated with anyone that has any kind of misogynistic speech because it’s a bad reflection on me as a doctor,” Drai says.


Drai, whose full name is Dr. Draion M. Burch, further added that there was no chance of confusing the two, given that he’s a licensed physician and Dr. Dre is not “qualified to provide any type of medical services.” And besides, if anyone should get the name, it’s him, because “that’s my name.” Dr. Dre’s real name is Andre Romelle Young, so that one’s kind of a toss-up. Still, Drai’s point about Dre’s sketchy history with people with vaginas—and lack of credentials to provide medical advice about same—stands.

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