U.S. News | Sonos Sues Google over Patent Infringement

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Sonos has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Google alleging that the defendant copied Sonos technology and flooded the market with the cheap products to earn more revenue from advertising.

Sonos reportedly said that Google advertised series of infringing products including Chromecast Audio, Google Home and Nest Hub at reduced prices in order to get additional revenue from e-commerce and advertising.

According to the lawsuit, Sonos reportedly claimed that its first home speakers were released in 2005 and the duo partnered to integrate Google Play Music into Sonos’ products.

Sonos alleges that the partnership made Google gained knowledge of its multi-room technology.

Sonos reportedly said that four notice was sent to Google warning the defendant of infringing 100 of its patents since the release of the first allegedly infringing products in 2016.

Sonos alleges that the infringement has caused lots of damages, confusion and willful violation of its patent rights.

“The harm produced by Google’s infringement has been profoundly compounded by Google’s business strategy to use its multi-room audio products to vacuum up invaluable consumer data from users and, thus, further entrench the Google platform among its users and ultimately fuel its dominant advertising and search platforms,” Sonos reportedly said.

Sonos seeks permanent injunction and plead the court to issue an enhanced damages award for Google’s “willful” violation of its patent rights.

The case is ongoing.

Sonos, Inc. v. Google LLC

Judge:John A Kronstadt
Court:California Central District Court
Case #:2:20-cv-00169
Nature of Suit:Patent
Cause:Patent Infringement
Case Filed:January 07, 2020
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