Initial Court Ruling Favors Sonos Over Google

In a court filing Sonos claimed that Google violated five of its patents. A newly announced court ruling has upheld Sonos’ claims.


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The International Trade Commission has recently ruled in favor of Sonos’ continuous efforts to protect its patented technology against misappropriation from rival Google.

After over a year of legal actions and discussions between the two parties, Sonos has announced the Commission found all five patents valid and that Google infringed on all five patents.  

Commenting on the court’s ruling, Eddie Lazarus, chief legal officer, Sonos, says the court’s decision is an important start for the company to protect technologies that it has developed.

“Today the ALJ has found all five of Sonos’ asserted patents to be valid and that Google infringes on all five patents.  We are pleased the ITC has confirmed Google’s blatant infringement of Sonos’ patented inventions,” states Lazarus.

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“This decision re-affirms the strength and breadth of our portfolio, marking a promising milestone in our long-term pursuit to defend our innovation against misappropriation by Big Tech monopolies.” 

Here is the official statement From chief administrative law judge Charles E. Bullock on Aug. 13:

NOTICE REGARDING INITIAL DETERMINATION ON VIOLATION OF SECTION 337 AND RECOMMENDED DETERMINATION ON REMEDY AND BOND

On this date, the undersigned issued an initial determination on violation of section 337 and a recommended determination on remedy and bond in the above-referenced investigation.

It is held that a violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, has been found 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 controllers, components thereof, and products containing same with respect to all the Asserted Patents (i.e., U.S. Patent Nos. 9,195,258; 10,209,953; 9,219,959; 8,588,949; and 10,439,896).

Chief Administrative Law Judge Charles E. Bullock

CE Pro will continue to provide additional details related to this story as the court filings are released.

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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