Sonos wins judgment on Google's import ban in US patent dispute | Enterprise insurance – business insurance

(Reuters) – A US commercial court late Thursday banned Google from importing products that infringe the smart speaker patents of home audio company Sonos.

The U.S. The International Trade Commission upheld an August ruling that Google audio products infringe five Sonos patents and banned Google from importing "connected speakerphone" and devices that they can control such as cell phones and laptops.

The ruling says it won't stop Google from importing products that it has redesigned to avoid infringing its patents. A Google spokesman said he didn't expect the decision to affect his ability to import or sell its products.

"We will continue to investigate and defend ourselves against the frivolous claims made by Sonos regarding our partnership and intellectual property," the company said.

Eddie Lazarus, Sonos' chief legal officer, described the verdict as "across the board".

Sonos stock rose 1.5% in late morning trading on Friday, after rising more than 3% earlier.

According to a government filing by Sonos, the parties have been embroiled in a global patent war for multiroom audio technology since 2020 that includes legal proceedings in California, Canada, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Sonos first sued Google in Los Angeles, alleging the company misused its technology in "more than a dozen different infringing products," including Google Home speakers and Pixel phones, tablets and laptops.

Google responded with its own lawsuit in San Francisco, alleging that Sonos used "significant amounts" of its technology without permission on multiple products, including controller apps and its Sonos radio service.

At ITC, Sonos tried to prevent Google from importing home speakers, pixel phones, and other products from China.

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