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Sonos awarded $32.5M from Google over patent infringement

The jury found that Google infringed on one of two Sonos patents. The decision will generally go down as a win for Sonos, though not everything went the company’s way. The jury didn’t find that Google’s Home app infringed on another Sonos patent. Moreover, the judge instructed the jurors to disregard an estimate from one Sonos expert witness estimating damages at $90 million USD (about $123 million CAD). Moreover, The Verge reports that the judge was critical of both companies. Judge William Alsup was frustrated the case went to trial and called it “emblematic of the worst of patent litigation.” “This verdict re-affirms that Google is a serial infringer of our patent portfolio, as the International Trade Commission has already ruled with respect to five other Sonos patents. In all, we believe Google infringes more than 200 Sonos patents and today’s damages award, based on one important piece of our portfolio, demonstrates the exceptional value of our intellectual property. Our goal remains for Google to pay us a fair royalty for the Sonos inventions it has appropriated,” Sonos said in a statement to The Verge. Google, on the other hand, told The Verge that, “This is a narrow dispute about some very specific features that are not commonly used. Of the six patents Sonos originally asserted, only one was found to be infringed, and the rest were dismissed as invalid or not infringed. We have always developed technology independently and competed on the merit of our ideas. We are considering our next steps.”

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Google should pay Sonos $32.5 million USD (about $44.2 million for computer-aided design) after a jury decision found the inquiry Goliath encroached on Sonos’ speaker patent.

On Friday, the decision was made in a courtroom in San Francisco. It comes as a result of a lengthy legal dispute over smart speaker technology that saw Sonos accuse Google of imitating its multiroom-audio technology. At the U.S. International Trade Commission, Sonos prevailed, resulting in a limited import ban for some Google devices. Google likewise needed to pull a few highlights from its shrewd speakers and showcases.

Google countersued Sonos in August, claiming that the speaker manufacturer infringed on several of its smart speaker patents. The trial for that lawsuit began in May, and now we are here.

The jury decided that one of the two Sonos patents was violated by Google. Although not everything went Sonos’ way, the decision will generally be remembered as a victory. The jury did not find that another Sonos patent was violated by Google’s Home app. In addition, the adjudicator taught the legal hearers to ignore a gauge from one Sonos master observer assessing harms at $90 million USD (about $123 million computer-aided design).

Additionally, The Verge reports that the judge criticized both businesses. Judge William Alsup called the case “emblematic of the worst of patent litigation” because he was disappointed that it went to trial.

“This decision re-confirms that Google is a chronic infringer of our patent portfolio, as the Worldwide Exchange Commission has previously controlled five other Sonos licenses. On the whole, we accept Google encroaching in excess of 200 Sonos licenses, and the present harms grant, in view of one significant piece of our portfolio, shows the outstanding worth of our protected innovation. In a statement to The Verge, Sonos stated, “Our goal remains for Google to pay us a fair royalty for the Sonos inventions it has appropriated.”

However, according to Google, “This is a narrow dispute about some very specific features that are not commonly used,” as stated by The Verge. Only one of the six patents Sonos initially asserted was found to be infringed upon, and the remaining patents were deemed invalid or not infringed upon. We have always competed based on the merits of our ideas and independently developed technology. We are thinking about our subsequent stages.”

Source – Mobilesyrup