Sonos, an American electronics company, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, January 7, 2019, accusing the giant company, Google LLC, (Google) had infringed multiple patents of the previous company. The smart speaker manufacturing company, Sonos explained in the suit that Google illegally used smart speaker technology in its several products.
Sonos’ Lawsuit for Patent’s Infringements
In a nearly 100-page complaint, Sonos mentioned a sum of five patient infringements charges against Google on Tuesday’s lawsuit which was related to Google’s misuse of multi-room audio technology. As reported by The Washington Post, Google made access to Sonos’s technology through a partnership agreement in 2013 which allowed using Sonos’ speakers for Google Play Music.
According to the suit, Google started using the technology for a defunct Chromecast Audio line two years later signing the partnership deal which indicated the misuse of Sonos’ patient over the technology. As Sonos further claimed, Google illegally used the technology in developing over its multiple products including Google Home, Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, Nest Mini, Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, Nest Wifi Point and its Pixel line of phones, tablets, and laptops.
As reported by Billboard, “Sonos has filed the suit asking for an injunction enjoining Google from further infringement; unspecified damages; attorney’s fees and other court-related costs; and an award of pre- and post-judgment interest.”
In a statement sending to Billboard, Sonos CEO, Patrick Spence described, “Google is an important partner with whom we have collaborated successfully for years, including bringing the Google Assistant to the Sonos platform last year.” Spence added, “However, Google has been blatantly and knowingly copying our patented technology in creating its audio products. Despite our repeated & extensive efforts over the last few years, Google has not shown any willingness to work with us on a mutually beneficial solution. We’re left with no choice but to litigate in the interest of protecting our inventions, our customers, and the spirit of innovation that’s defined Sonos from the beginning.”
Earlier Complaints of Sonos to Google
Since the mid-2016, Sonos had been sending complaints to Google against the patent infringement of the technology. Sonos claimed that the company made several complaints about the misuse of technology to Google. Despite two separate warning notices in August and October 2016, Google nonetheless ignored the complaints and continued its production by misusing the technology.
Sonos tried to get in touch with the giant company and discuss the problems by sending warning notices in January 2018 and July 2018 but the attempts were failed. By the time, Sonos issued the warning notice in February 2019, the company listed more than 100 patent infringement charges against Google.
Sonos has filed a complaint to the US International Trade Commission last week before the Tuesday’s suit. In that separate complaint, the company made a request to ban those Google products in the US that had violated the patent’s right of the technology. Replying to the lawsuit, Google spokesperson, Jose Castaneda in a statement, “Over the years, we have had numerous ongoing conversations with Sonos about both companies’ IP rights and we are disappointed that Sonos brought these lawsuits instead of continuing negotiations in good faith. We dispute these claims and will defend them vigorously.”
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