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

The Google title is shown outside the house the firm’s business in London, Britain November one, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A US professional court has banned Google  from importing solutions that infringe the sensible speaker patents of the dwelling audio company Sonos.

The US Global Trade Commission upheld a ruling in August  that Google’s audio solutions infringe 5 Sonos patents and have banned Google from importing “community speaker units” and units that can command them, this kind of as mobile phones and laptops.
The ruling claims it is not going to prevent Google  from importing solutions that it has redesigned to prevent patent infringement. A Google spokesman stated he did not count on the selection to impact his means to import or market its solutions.

“We will  proceed to examine and protect ourselves from the frivolous promises by Sonos with regards to our affiliation and our intellectual house,” stated the company.
Eddie Lazarus, Sonos’ main lawful officer, termed the verdict a “crusader” victory. Google’s solutions nevertheless infringe  patents even while they experimented with to build them.

Sonos’ inventory was up one.five% in late early morning buying and selling on Friday, possessing previously risen more than three%.

The functions have been embroiled in a global patent war over multi-room audio know-how given that 2020 that involves court instances in California, Canada, France, Germany and the Netherlands, in accordance to a Sonos regulatory filing.

Sonos first sued Google in Los Angeles, alleging the company misused its know-how in “more than a dozen unique infringing solutions”, like Google Dwelling speakers and Pixel phones, tablets, and laptops.

Google reacted with its very own lawsuit in San Francisco, producing Sonos “significant quantities” of its know-how without permission for multiple solutions, like controller applications and radio Sonos company.

At the ITC, Sonos experienced been hoping to block Google from importing Dwelling speakers, Pixel phones and other solutions from China.