Sonos may have to cozy up to partners like Amazon and Google to compete in the smart speaker world, but that doesn't mean it's happy with how it's being treated. The company has sued Google in federal court over allegations the search giant is violating five of its speaker patents, including technology that lets wireless speakers sync with each other. Google has been "blatantly and knowingly" duping tech Sonos chief Patrick Spence said in a statement, and supposedly refused to cooperate on a "mutually beneficial solution" despite years of discussions.
The lawsuit is looking for both financial penalties as well as a ban on sales of Google hardware, including phones and laptops. It's accompanied by a matching US International Trade Commission complaint that could also block the import of Google devices. Companies embroiled in patent disputes often use simultaneous ITC complaints as a way to force the other side to the table, since ITC complaints tend to wrap up sooner.
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