Sonos has filed another lawsuit against Google. The company is now alleging that the search engine giant has copied its speaker technology and is suing the company for violating five wireless audio patents.
According to an AndroidAuthority report, Sonos is claiming that the entire lineup of Google Nest and Chromecast products are using Sonos technology that includes smartphone based music streaming controls, speaker groups, and automatic EQ. Legal chief Eddie Lazarus stated that the audio based firm is suing the tech giant since it wants to highlight the “depth and breadth of Google’s copying.”
Jose Castaneda, a Google spokesperson has said that the company will be fighting the new lawsuit. He further added that the company has built the products mentioned in the lawsuit filing had been “designed independently” and that the company would deny such claims “vigorously.” Additionally, Google has also countersued Sonos over the previous case, which was filed back in June, which is a known tactic to promptly end a legal battle.
Sonos has frequently complained about the power major companies like Google and Amazon abuse, especially in regards to technology and their one sided terms. The firm also accused the major brand of knowingly violating the patents since the cost of any legal actions would be trivial compared to the profits the large corporation would make from selling the smart speakers. Apparently, suing Google was the last resort after discussions had failed between both sides and, regardless of the lawsuit, Sonos still aims to maintain a “positive relationship” with Google.
Sonos, Google, Patent, Smart speaker
World news – CA – Google is being sued by Sonos again, this time over wireless audio tech – Gizmochina