What you need to know
- The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled against Google in a patent infringement case.
- The ruling posits that technology in Google is infringing on Sonos-owned patents in Nest and Chromecast devices.
- Google will have to stop selling imported products that infringe on the Sonos patents.
Many of Google's products are facing an import ban following a ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that the company has infringed on Sonos patents. The ruling, reported by The New York Times, follows a lengthy two-year battle with Sonos and affects products such as Nest speakers, Chromecast devices, and Pixel smartphones.
Sonos first sued Google in 2020, claiming that the company used their partnership to undercut Sonos and use the company's intellectual property its own products. This includes technology allowing speakers to connect and sync up wirelessly, something that many of the best Sonos speakers are known for.
Google, of course, denied the claim and countersued, claiming that Sonos infringed on several of its patents.
In August, the USITC gave a preliminary ruling in favor of Sonos, and Thursday's ruling sees the end of a long battle between the two companies. However, Google is likely to make changes to its software in order to get around the import ban.
In response to the ruling, a Sonos spokesperson provided Android Central with the following statement:
As a result of the ruling, the USITC is ordering a cease and desist on imports of Nest, Chromecast, and Pixel device products made outside the U.S. that contain the infringed Sonos patents, a ban which will go into effect in 60 days. This is, of course, pending a presidential review that could result in a potential veto of the ruling, although that's unlikely to occur.
Google spokesperson, José Castañeda, gave the following statement to Android Central:
Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.
Yawn... They will/have settled. Google said that the preliminary ruling in August approved alternative product designs that work around the patents, and that the commission did not challenge that decision on Thursday.
Alexa does this as well. Wonder if they are next?
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