Google Barred by US Trade Court From Importing Products Infringing Sonos’ Patents

A US commerce court docket barred Google late Thursday from importing merchandise that infringe home-audio firm Sonos’ smart-speaker patents.

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The US International Trade Commission affirmed an August determination that Google audio merchandise infringed 5 Sonos patents and banned Google from importing “networked speaker devices” and gadgets that may management them like cell phones and laptops.

The ruling says Google will not be barred from importing merchandise that it had redesigned to keep away from infringing the patents. A Google spokesperson mentioned it doesn’t count on the choice to have an effect on to its capacity to import or promote its merchandise.

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“We will seek further review and continue to defend ourselves against Sonos’ frivolous claims about our partnership and intellectual property,” the corporate mentioned.

Sonos’ Chief Legal Officer Eddie Lazarus known as the ruling an “across-the-board” win and mentioned Google’s merchandise nonetheless infringe the patents regardless of its makes an attempt to design round them.

Sonos’ inventory was up 1.5 % in late morning buying and selling on Friday, having earlier risen greater than 3 %.

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The events have been embroiled in a world patent warfare over multi-room audio expertise since 2020 that features court docket instances in California, Canada, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, in keeping with a Sonos regulatory submitting.

Sonos first sued Google in Los Angeles, alleging the corporate misused its expertise in “more than a dozen different infringing products”, together with Google Home audio system and Pixel telephones, tablets, and laptops.

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Google responded with its personal lawsuit in San Francisco, alleging Sonos used “substantial volumes” of its expertise with out permission for a number of merchandise, together with controller apps and its Sonos Radio service.

At the ITC, Sonos had been attempting to dam Google from importing Home audio system, Pixel telephones, and different merchandise from China.

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