The ITC has validated five Sonos patents and clearly ruled that Google infringed on all five. The decision represents a sweeping victory for Sonos and highlights the strength of the Sonos patent portfolio. Sonos’ portfolio of patents covers many popular features found in home audio devices, including synchronizing multiple speakers, adjusting volume independently of each speaker, and stereo pairing.
The US International Trade Commission, or ITC
ruled that Google infringed on the Sonos speaker patents. These patents cover synchronization of audio, controlling multiple speakers, and connecting to Wi-Fi. The ruling also prohibits Google from importing any product from China unless it first licenses the patents to the company. The ban takes effect within 60 days.
In a unanimous decision
The ITC found that Google infringed on five Sonos speaker patents. Sonos acquired the patents in 2013 and has been making similar products ever since. The company claimed that its speakers were outshined by Google’s, so they sued. In response, Google has changed the way its group speakers control volume. The ruling means that consumers will no longer be able to change the volume of the entire group at the same time.
In its decision
The ITC ruled that Google infringed on Somos speaker patents. The US government has banned the two companies from importing their products in the US for 60 days. The ban will go into effect on January 6, 2019. Sonos is expected to appeal the ITC’s decision, but it remains to be seen whether it will be upheld in the Supreme Court.
Sonos, based in Santa Barbara
California, has filed the suit after the ITC found that Google infringed on Somos’ patents. The Sonos’ patents protect speaker technology and synchronization, which have become popular home audio features. While Google may have a cheaper version of the devices, it is still stealing the technology. Sonos has taken steps to implement its patents in order to protect its reputation and keep competitors from copying its speakers.
Sonos sued Google for patent infringement in 2015
and the case ended in August. The case has led to a global ban on Google products, which manufactures the speakers in China. In addition to the ban on Google products, the ruling could lead to a broader regulatory pressure on tech giants. It’s unclear if this legal dispute will be resolved in court, but the ruling will definitely affect the future of both companies.
Sonos’ lawsuits were filed against Google
after the company released its products. Sonos’ lawyers argued that the company had violated the patents of competing companies. The initial decision was issued in August, but the appeals process continues. In August, the case went to a second round, which is now awaiting the US International Trade Commission’s decision. The final ruling, though, will prevent Google from importing these products for at least 60 days.
A ruling in a Sonos patent dispute could force
The tech giant to license its patent portfolio to other companies, and may even lead to a ban on Google’s products. Sonos’ lawyers claim that the ruling will only make it more difficult for them to sell their products. The company will have to pay a “fair royalty” to Sonos in exchange for a license to use the technology.
A US regulator has ruled in favour of Sonos
in the Sonos speaker patent battle. Sonos has been accused of infringing on a number of patents that relate to synchronizing audio across multiple devices. Sonos’ claims were that Google’s products were overshadowed by Sonos’s products. The ruling will stop the company from importing the products until the Sonos appeals the decision.