This is not a good idea for Google.
What you need to know
- The US International Trade Commission ruled against Google in a patent infringement case.
- The ruling found that Google’s technology infringed Sonos’s patents in Nest and Chromecast devices.
- Google will have to stop selling imported products that infringe Sonos’ patents.
After the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Google infringed Sonos’ patents, many Google products faced import bans. The ruling was made after a two-year struggle with Sonos and affected products such as Nest speakers, Chromecast devices and Pixel smartphones.
Sonos sued Google for the first time in 2020, claiming that the company used their partnership to weaken Sonos and use the company’s technology in its products. This includes allowing speakers to connect and synchronize wirelessly.
Of course, Google denied this claim and filed a counterclaim, claiming that Sonos infringed many of its patents.
In August, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a preliminary ruling in favor of Sonos, and Thursday’s ruling marked the end of the problematic struggle between the two companies.
Therefore, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ordered the cessation of production of products containing infringing Sonos patents produced outside the United States.
Google did not immediately respond to Android Central’s request for comment, but issued the following statement to Bloomberg:
Although we do not agree with today’s decision, we will ensure that our mutual customers have the best experience when using our products and will not encounter any interruptions. We will seek further scrutiny and continue to defend ourselves against Sonos’ rash claims about our partnership and intellectual property rights.