Google loses for infringing speaker-related patents of rival company Sonos, is cornered just before the import ban of Google products

In a lawsuit in which Google infringed the patent of smart speaker maker Sonos, the

United States International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that 'Google infringed the patent of Sonos.' This ruling imposes an import ban on hardware products.

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Google (GOOGL) Must Halt Some Device Imports in Sonos'(SONO) Trade Agency Win --Bloomberg

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Google Infringed on Sonos Speaker Technology, Trade Court Rules --The New York Times

In 2013, smart speaker maker Sonos partnered with Google to support Google Play Music in its products. At that time, Sonos shared its multi-room speaker technology with Google, and it seems that Google used this technology for products such as Chromecast Audio and Pixel without permission. Sonos has repeatedly warned Google to stop using its technology without permission, but it has been ignored and has finally filed a lawsuit.

Audio company sues Google for 'Google infringed patent on smart speaker'-GIGAZINE

Sonos's patent infringement lawsuit will be filed in the United States, Germany, Canada, France, Orlando, etc. In May 2021, a German court finally ruled that Google's patent infringement was granted.

Google loses to audio maker Sonos, smart speaker patent infringement lawsuit-GIGAZINE

Later, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) also made a preliminary decision that Google infringed Sonos' patent, but the final decision was made on January 6, 2022, and Google made Sonos. It was admitted that he had infringed his patent. This may require Google to temporarily suspend imports of hardware products such as smart speakers, displays, streaming devices and Pixel.

In addition, five patents owned by Sonos were found to have infringed the patents by Google this time. Two of the five are 'patents that synchronize left and right audio playback to eliminate small differences that the ear interprets as echo.' Others include 'patents that output stereo sound by pairing speakers', 'patents that adjust the volume of single or multiple speakers with a single controller', and 'patents that easily connect the system to home Wi-Fi'. I have. Three of the five patents will expire in 2024, one in 2025 and the other in 2027.

Eddie Lazarus, Sonos Chief Legal Officer, welcomes the ruling as 'a very rare overall victory in patent proceedings.' He continued, 'Google needs to degrade or partially eliminate product functionality to circumvent the import ban imposed by the ITC. Google can sacrifice user experience to circumvent the import ban. There is sex. ' He went on to say that selling products without being bound by import bans is 'paying fair royalties for infringing technology, as other companies do.' increase.

Meanwhile, Google spokeswoman José Castañeda said, 'I don't fully agree with this decision, but I'm grateful that the ITC has approved the design changes proposed by Google. We do not expect this change to affect the import and sale of Google products. We seek further investigation into patent infringement and protect ourselves from Sonos' frivolous allegations of business alliances and intellectual property. We will continue, 'he said, claiming that the software fix circumvented the import ban on hardware products.

If you disagree with this ruling, Google can appeal to the US Supreme Court.

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