Sonos Sues Google for Allegedly Stealing Its Speaker Technology

Sonos wireless speakers retail starting at $200.

Even though it partnered with Google almost seven years ago, Santa Barbara-based Sonos is suing the media giant for allegedly swiping its wireless sound system technology, according to Jan. 7 published and broadcast reports. 

Sonos gave Google the plans to make to its speakers in 2013 and now regrets it. Hence, it filed a pair of federal lawsuits against Google. 

At the time, Google was an Internet giant and had never manufactured speakers. Now, Sonos wants to ban sales of Google’s speakers, smartphones and laptops in this country. Sonos accused Google of infringing on five patents.  
Sonos products are marketed on Google and sold on Amazon. However, Sonos officials accused both companies of being too powerful and too big for their britches. 

Ironically, Amazon opened its Alexa technology center on State Street this week where some 250 people will work. No retail sales are planned there, just more development of Amazon’s voice-activated system. 

According to reports, Google and Amazon each sell as many speakers in a matter of months as Sonos sells in a year. 

Sonos CEO Patrick Spence said he couldn’t take it anymore, in a statement to the New York Times. 

“Google has been blatantly and knowingly copying our patented technology,” Spence told the Times. “Despite our repeated and extensive efforts over the last few years, Google has not shown any willingness to work with us on a mutually beneficial solution. We’re left with no choice but to litigate.” 

Sonos lawyers filed the suits in Federal District Court in Los Angeles and at the U.S International Trade Commission. It isn’t immediately clear how much Sonos is seeking in financial damages.

Posted Jan. 7, 2019.

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