Sonos Files Lawsuits Against Google for Stealing Its Speaker Patents

Sonos Files Lawsuits Against Google for Stealing Its Speaker Patents

Smart speaker company Sonos is Google because they think that it copied their technology.

Sonos has filed two separate lawsuits against Google relating to that they hold for wireless speaker systems. They are further asking the International Trade Commission to prevent Google from selling laptops, phones and speakers in the United States.

In 2013, the two companies formed a partnership so that Sonos’ speakers could support Google Play Music. Sonos claims that Google used proprietary information given to it through this partnership to steal its multi-room speaker technology. They allege that this technology can be found in the following Google products:

  • Chromecast Audio devices (now discontinued)
  • Google Home lineup smart speakers
  • Pixel lineup devices

Sonos is further alleging that Google undercut the market by selling products cheap, and that they made up for their losses by mining user data.

Sonos says that in 2016 they warned Google a number times that they were infringing on their patents, right after the company announced its Home speaker. It then reiterated these warnings a couple years later upon the release Home Max and Home Mini speakers.

Finally, in February last year, they accused them infringing on 100 the company’s patents.

Among the features that the two companies’ speakers have in common are the following:

  • The synchronization audio across groups speakers
  • The adjustment the group’s volume
  • The setting up devices on a local wireless network

Patrick Spence, who is the CEO Sonos, issued a statement to The Verge in conjunction with filing the lawsuits.

He said, “Google is an important partner with whom we have collaborated successfully for years, including bringing the Google Assistant to the Sonos platform last year. However, Google has been blatantly and knowingly copying our patented technology in creating its audio products. Despite our repeated and extensive efforts over the last few years, Google has not shown any willingness to work with us on a mutually beneficial solution.”