Sonos has filed a new suit against Google, writes The Verge. According to the speaker maker, Google has infringed five Sonos patents in Nest and Chromecast products.
This case concerns patents of technology that is used, among other things, in the operation of speakers. Other patents describe the automatic adjustment of the equalizer and the grouping of speakers.
Sonos says to The Verge that Google is copying the technology. It is not the first time that Sonos has claimed that: in January of this year, the company also sued Google. At the time, Sonos also accused Google of violating five patents, but the company said it had infringed a total of 100 patents.
The US Trade Commission ITC started an investigation into Google on the basis of that charge. This involved technology that Sonos shared with Google in 2013, to ensure that the Sonos speakers would work well with Google Play.
Google then said the claims were incorrect. “Sonos has made false claims about the shared work of Google’s companies and technology,” said Google. “While Google rarely sues other companies for patent infringement, it has to assert its intellectual property right here.”
In June, Google, in turn, sued Sonos for violating five patents. Google accuses Sonos of using “a significant amount” of Google technology without permission. This concerns, for example, technology that Sonos uses for its own streaming service for radio.