Sonos wins Google import ban ruling in U.S. patent fight

Nancy J. Delong

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The Google identify is exhibited outdoors the company’s workplace in London, Britain November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A US business court docket has banned Google  from importing goods that infringe the wise speaker patents of the home audio company Sonos.


The US International Trade Fee upheld a ruling in August  that Google’s audio goods infringe 5 Sonos patents and have banned Google from importing “network speaker gadgets” and gadgets that can manage them, such as cell telephones and laptops.
The ruling states it would not end Google  from importing goods that it has redesigned to prevent patent infringement. A Google spokesman reported he didn’t count on the decision to impact his capacity to import or provide its goods.

“We will  keep on to examine and protect ourselves versus the frivolous claims by Sonos concerning our affiliation and our mental house,” reported the company.
Eddie Lazarus, Sonos’ chief legal officer, referred to as the verdict a “crusader” victory. Google’s goods however infringe  patents even even though they tried to produce them.

Sonos’ inventory was up 1.5% in late early morning buying and selling on Friday, having before risen more than three%.

The parties have been embroiled in a world patent war about multi-home audio technological innovation given that 2020 that incorporates court docket cases in California, Canada, France, Germany and the Netherlands, according to a Sonos regulatory filing.

Sonos initial sued Google in Los Angeles, alleging the company misused its technological innovation in “more than a dozen different infringing goods”, which includes Google Dwelling speakers and Pixel telephones, tablets, and laptops.


Google reacted with its very own lawsuit in San Francisco, developing Sonos “considerable quantities” of its technological innovation devoid of permission for numerous goods, which includes controller apps and radio Sonos company.

At the ITC, Sonos had been seeking to block Google from importing Dwelling speakers, Pixel telephones and other goods from China.

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