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Sonos says Google stole its apostle tech, asks for artefact ban in court

Sonos has brought two lawsuits adjoin Google for declared absorb infringement, claiming Google used five of its patents to build its own speakers. It’s asking for a ban on all Google accessories that use the allegedly stolen tech, including smartphones, laptops, and of course speakers.

According to a report from the New York Times, Sonos filed one suit in a federal court and accession with the US International Trade Commission. The courage of the lawsuits is Sonos‘ claim that Google stole its technology when the two companies partnered in 2013. At the time, Google’s credible ambition was to build its music account to work with Sonos’ multiroom speakers. In order for Google to do this, Sonos gave them blueprints for its patented tech.

Then, not only did Google come out with its own smart speakers, it attenuate Sonos‘ prices. And, like any aggregation under the thumb of the search giant, it fears Google’s power to retaliate should it take its complaints public — Sonos relies on Google articles to advance its business. Negotiations over the declared use of Sonos’ tech were souring as the aggregation tried to make a apostle that would work with other voice-activated cadre in accession to the Google Assistant.

Sonos claims it’s been trying to reach a detente with the other aggregation since 2016 (when the aboriginal Google Home apostle was released) to no avail. Sonos CEO Patrick Spence said in a account to the NYT:

Google has been aboveboard and advisedly artful our patented technology. Despite our again and all-encompassing efforts over the last few years, Google has not shown any alertness to work with us on a mutually benign solution. We’re left with no choice but to litigate.

The major botheration for Sonos, apparently, is that the Google Home isn’t just a speaker, but a link amid Google’s myriad casework and the consumer. Google can afford to put out cheap speakers and then recoup its losses via the amount of data it collects from the homes in which they are installed.

Naturally, Google denies its done annihilation wrong. Agent Jose Castaneda told Axios:

Over the years, we have had abundant advancing conversations with Sonos about both companies’ IP rights and we are aghast that Sonos brought these lawsuits instead of continuing negotiations in good faith. We altercation these claims and will defend them vigorously.

Interestingly, the NYT commodity states that Sonos has a agnate beef with Amazon — it claims the aggregation also used the multiroom tech to build its Echo apostle family. However, it can only allegedly afford to take on one massive tech aggregation at a time, so it’s chosen to sue Google. It’s not absolutely clear how Amazon would have gotten hold of Sonos’s patents, but a agent claimed to the NYT that the tech was developed apart by Amazon itself.

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Published January 7, 2020 — 22:56 UTC

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