Sonos has launched another patent-related lawsuit at Google, claiming that the search giant is using Sonos’ multi-room functionality in its Google and Nest smart speakers.
Sonos first launched a lawsuit at Google during CES in January of 2020 over a handful of multi-room audio patents, including how to set up a playback device on a wireless local area network, how to manage and control groups of playback devices, and many more.
Since then, the International Trade Commission has been looking into pulling Google’s infringing products from the market as the companies do battle in the courtroom. Sonos knows this courtroom battle is going to likely last upwards of two years, according to The Verge’s report, but that’s not stopping the company from launching even more patent infringing suits at Google.
The new suit is filed in the western district of Texas, which is a hotbed for patent suits, alledges The Verge, and it focuses on five different patents. Including one regarding music playback while being controlled from a phone and another based on the Sonos’ Trueplay tuning software.
Sonos said in an email to MobileSyrup that “this lawsuit illustrates the depth and breadth of our intellectual property as well as our continued innovation, and indicates the degree to which we believe Google has copied our innovations.”
Sonos is in for quite a fight as Google moves aggressively into the home audio space with its Nest products. Even if Sonos manages to beat Google, it still has Amazon and other tech giants to fight since they’re all releasing similar multi-room audio products.
We’re living in a weird time where big tech companies adopt ideas from smaller independent organizations all the time, and nothing is done for them. There is part of me that wants to see Sonos win this lawsuit since that would also be a win for many other companies who’ve been usurped by Google, Amazon or Apple. Still, I’m also worried it may slow the rapid pace at which tech products and software are improving.
Source: The Verge
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