Sonos files lawsuit against Google alleging stolen patented technology
Speaker manufacturer Sonos has filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging that Google knowingly infringed upon the brand’s patented speaker technology with to create the ever-popular Google Home device. The suit seeks unspecified financial damages and a ban on sale of Google’s phones, laptops, and speakers in the United States. The lawsuit identifies five different patents that were allegedly infringed upon, though the Santa Barbara-based speaker manufacturer claims that Google and Amazon may have each violated nearly 100 individual patents.
Speaking to The New York Times, a spokesperson for Sonos stated that the company believes Amazon has also engaged in the same kind of infringement for their Echo product portfolio, though Sonos “couldn’t risk battling two tech giants in court at once.” In response, a spokesperson for Google told the Times that Google is “disappointed that Sonos brought these lawsuits instead of continuing negotiations in good faith.” Furthermore, a representative for Amazon also denied Sonos’ claims, saying, “the Echo family of devices and our multi-room music technology were developed independently by Amazon.”
Via: New York Times