Google announced a series of alternative software solutions that includes a tweak on each speaker after losing a lawsuit against Sonos.
A blow to Google , the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that the tech giant infringed five Sonos patents related to smart speakers .
The quasi-judicial body has ordered a ban on the importation of Google products that make use of the five infringed patents.
The case dates back to 2020 when Sonos sued Google for theft of proprietary multi-room speaker technology. The company claimed that Google gained access to the technology following a long-standing partnership with Play Music and used it in its smart speakers without proper licensing.
More demands on Google
Then, in September 2020, Sonos claimed that Google’s entire Chromecast and Nest lineup was infringing on its five audio patents. The ITC ruled against the technology giant, after challenging the decision of the judge hearing the case.
Google devices that may be affected include Google Home smart speakers , some Pixel phones, and computers. The ITC’s decision indicates that Google has infringed on Sonos intellectual property, which means that the aforementioned products cannot be sold or imported into the United States.
“We will seek further review and continue to defend ourselves against Sonos’ frivolous claims about our association and intellectual property ,” Google said in a statement.