Google Has Infringed Sonos’ Patents, Rules US Judge

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Two years ago, Sonos sues Google suggesting that the Mountain View giant has stolen its patents for multi-room speaker technology. Fast-forward to 2022, Sonos has won the lawsuit, finding Google guilty of patent infringement. That’s why an import ban on Google has been ordered by the US International Trade Commission. Here’s everything you need to know about Sonos’ win.

Google Has Infringed Sonos' Patents, Rules US Judge

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It has been revealed that the ITC judge has ruled in favor of Sonos, suggesting that: Google has violated the Tariff Act of 1930. As a result, it has imposed an import ban on some of Google’s audio products in the US. Google has 60 days to comply before the ban becomes official.

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For those who don’t know, Google has been found guilty of violating five Sonos patents, which it acquired in 2013 when both companies have entered into a partnership. The patents include synchronizing multiple audio devices on a wireless network, the ability to control the volumes of several audio products simultaneously, the stereo pair of devices, and more.

In its lawsuit, Sonos claimed that Google’s products have eclipsed Sonos products. When Google was sued in 2020, it counterattacked by suing Sonos, to which Sonos responded by suggesting that Google is responsible for stealing five more patents.

While there are chances that this decision could affect sales of Google’s products (such as Google Nest, Chromecasts, Pixel phones) in the US, Google is confident it won’t. In a statement to The edgesays the company, “We do not expect any impact on: our ability to import or sell our products.

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Sonos suggests that the list of Google products that use its technology includes the Nest Hub, Nest Mini and Chromecast, PixelBook Go, Pixel 3/4 and even YouTube Music. Google would release some software updates for these devices to remove features inherited from Sonos to circumvent the import ban.

Moreover, Google has already started releasing changes to the volume adjustment features and the initial setup process for the speakers. Therefore, there’s a good chance that Google’s sales aren’t really affected. But IDC’s decision still has an impact on its image! What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below!

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