Sonos takes Google to court again: possibly more patent infringement


Sonos is again taking Google to court, because the search engine giant allegedly infringes another five patents of the speaker company.

Sonos vs Google continues

It concerns five audio patents from Sonos that are probably used in all kinds of Nest and Chromecast products from Google. The timing is not entirely remarkable, as Google will be presenting its new hardware for the coming months at 8 p.m. Dutch time tonight. This includes the Nest Audio speaker.

Since January, a battle has been raging between Sonos and Google and both companies have already sued each other. That happened in January and in June. The current approach of the popular speaker manufacturer is a bit more aggressive than usual. Eddie Lazarus, responsible for legal affairs at the speaker manufacturer, says in a response that the company considers it important to show how far Google goes. The counter has now reached about a hundred patents that the search engine giant may infringe, but so far hardly anything has happened.

Google declines by reporting that Sonos has made misleading statements about the history between the two companies. The Android platform owner also says that his devices have been independently developed. The claims that patents are being infringed are thus refuted.

The patents Sonos is talking about now have to do with wireless audio systems. This involves setup, playing in sync and creating stereo pairs. The company believes the lawsuit will be successful. Earlier it took Denon to court and that case was then won.

The patents are still fairly new. One of the patents is only two weeks old, but does cover work done since 2011. Those patents are about operating modern, wireless speaker systems. This can be done, for example, via second devices such as a smartphone. There is also talk of an automatic equalizer, speaker group management and zone scene presets. Lazarus does not expect Google to disprove all claims.

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