Sonos secures authorized victory in opposition to Google, this time at US commerce tribunal

Sep 19, 2023 | blog

Sonos has clinched victory in one other authorized battle in opposition to

The decide, Cameron Elliot, decided that imports of Sonos’ voice-controlled audio system didn’t infringe federal legislation, opposite to Google’s claims.

Google had filed a criticism with the US ITC in August 2022, alleging that Sonos infringed 4 of its patents and sought to dam imports of the latter’s audio system with voice-control capabilities. 

Google had already made related claims in opposition to Sonos in California and Sonos had additionally filed its personal complaints in opposition to the Alphabet-owned firm.

In late May, a jury in San Francisco ordered Google to pay $32.5 million to the speaker producer for patent infringement. Sonos sued Google in San Francisco in 2020 for infringing 5 patents associated to speaker options after the pair partnered in 2013.

Most not too long ago, Judge Elliot of the US ITC famous that Sonos efficiently defended in opposition to Google’s allegations that the speaker producer infringed on its patents.

Regarding one of many patents, US Patent No. 11,024,311, the decide acknowledged that whereas Google demonstrated infringement of declare 10, Sonos was in a position to set up the invalidity of a number of claims. 

Similarly, within the case of US Patent No. 11,050,615, Google confirmed infringement on a number of claims, however Sonos countered by proving their invalidity.

For the third patent in query, the decide decided that Google did not show infringement on any of the asserted claims. The preliminary willpower means that there isn’t any violation of a Google patent in Sonos {hardware} that might render product importation illegal.

“Based on the foregoing, it is my Initial Determination that there is no violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. § 1337, in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation of certain audio players and components thereof in connection with the asserted claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 9,632,748, 11,024,311, and 11,050,615,” the decide dominated.

This marked the “fifth jurisdiction (including Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, and France) in which Google has sued Sonos and lost,” Sonos’ Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel, Eddie Lazarus, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Lazarus additionally known as Google’s lawsuits a “gross abuse of the patent system and an effort to punish Sonos for standing up for its own inventions.”

Additional lawsuits filed by Google in opposition to Sonos in California stay pending, contingent on the end result of ITC investigations.

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