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Sonos Sues Google Alleging Copyright Infringement Of Smart Speaker Tech

 Sonos is suing Google alleging copyright infringement of five patents for wireless speaker technology. In a separate suit filed this week, Sonos requested that the U.S. International Trade Commission issue a sales ban on all Google products in the U.S. that infringe on its patents.

According to a complaint obtained by The New York Times, Sonos alleges that Google willfully infringed its patented multi-room technology for use in its own discontinued Chromecast Audio device, following a 2013 partnership that saw Sonos integrate Google Play Music into its products.

Sono’s also claims that Google uses Sonos tech in more than a dozen products including Google Home, Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, Nest Mini, Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, Nest Wifi Point and its Pixel line of phones, tablets and laptops, and has subsidized the alleged infringing products to sell them at a cheaper price in an attempt to hurt Sonos.

Sonos says it warned Google about the infringement more than 100 times between 2016 and 2019.

Sonos is reportedly asking for an injunction enjoining Google from further infringement, unspecified damages, attorney’s fees and other court-related costs, and an award of pre- and post-judgment interest.

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