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


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

The US Worldwide Commerce Fee affirmed an August resolution that Google audio merchandise infringed 5 Sonos patents and banned Google from importing “networked speaker units” and units 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 anticipate the choice to have an effect on to its means to import or promote its merchandise.

“We are going to search additional evaluate and proceed to defend ourselves in opposition to Sonos’ frivolous claims about our partnership and mental property,” the corporate mentioned.

Sonos’ Chief Authorized 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 p.c in late morning buying and selling on Friday, having earlier risen greater than 3 p.c.

The events have been embroiled in a worldwide patent warfare over multi-room audio know-how since 2020 that features courtroom circumstances in California, Canada, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, in accordance with a Sonos regulatory submitting.

Sonos first sued Google in Los Angeles, alleging the corporate misused its know-how in “greater than a dozen completely different infringing merchandise”, together with Google House audio system and Pixel telephones, tablets, and laptops.

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

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

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