A US trade judge ruled on Friday that Alphabet’s Google infringed five patents belonging to Sonos related to smart speakers and related technologies. This is a decision that could lead to an import ban.
A brief judge of the United States International Trade Commission’s Supreme Administrative Law Judge, Charles Brock, is a 1930 federal, commonly known as the Smoot-Hawley, designed to prevent unfair competition in the sale of products by Google. He did not explain why he violated the customs law.
Sonos is trying to prevent Google from importing home smart speakers, Pixel smartphones and other products from China. Google didn’t immediately respond to the request for comment. Sonos said he was pleased with the preliminary ruling, which stated that he had “confirmed a blatant infringement of Google,” and made further efforts to protect the technology from alleged misappropriation by larger rivals.
Sonos shares rose 11.4% in overtime trading. Friday’s ruling will be subject to a full ITC review scheduled for December 13, according to the Commission’s website. The ITC proceedings are part of a series of proceedings between the two companies, including proceedings in California, Texas, France, Germany and the Netherlands, according to regulatory filings.
Google states that Sonos has repeatedly sought help in a long-standing partnership and eventually integrated Sonos products into its Play Music service and Google Assistant software.
Some Sonos speakers use Google and Amazon voice support technology. Google’s unique Nest smart speaker includes Google Assistant technology. Sonos is based in Santa Barbara, California, and Alphabet is based in Mountain View, California.
U.S. trade judge found Google infringing five Sonos patents
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