Santa Barbara-based company wins legal battle against Google over patent

Santa Barbara-based company Sonos won another battle in its patent war for smart speakers and audio devices on January 6, when the United States’ International Trade Commission ruled that Google had violated five Sonos patents for the technology.

The commission said in August that Google violated tariff law by violating Sonos’ patents, and its latest ruling upheld the ruling on patents for audio sync across multiple speakers and other related speaker technology. .

A cease-and-desist order has been issued against Google along with a ban that would block all imports of products that infringe these patents. The conflict centered around Google’s Nest speakers and the ability to adjust speaker volume as a group rather than individually. Google spokesman José Castañeda announced on January 6 that the company did not agree with the commission’s decision.

This is not the end of the patent battle between the two tech companies; Sonos has two other federal patent infringement cases against Google, one in Los Angeles and the other in San Francisco. Both were on hiatus pending the outcome of the International Trade Commission final decision.


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Barbara M. Stokes