In any case, 2020 is full of legal twists and turns between Google and Sonos. At the beginning of the year, the specialist for high-end loudspeakers decided to file a complaint against the web giant in the USA for patent infringement. Sonos accused Google of using its technologies to create its own connected objects.
Last June, Mountain View decided to retaliate by accusing Sonos of infringing five of its patents. This included mesh networks, echo cancellation, DRM, content notifications and custom search. On that occasion, Jose Castaneda, spokesman for Google, stated: “ We’re disappointed that Sonos made false claims about our collaboration and technology. “”
Google is accused of anti-competitive practices
Four months later, Sonos still hasn’t said its last word and strikes back against its rival today. And again, the networked objects specialist accuses the tech giant of violating five of its patents. According to EngadgetThese would be technologies that form the basis of certain well-known features of Sonos, and in particular the Trueplay customization tool.
The Sonos spokesman quoted by Sonos accuses his competitor: ” Google has decided to double its disdain for intellectual property and small American inventors, and we believe it is vital that Sonos resist monopolies both for itself and for other innovative small businesses. who try to copy and subsidize their way to more dominance “.
The timing isn’t ideal for Google, which has to show the Pixel 5 to the public tonight. Mountain View is also under investigation by the US Congress. The company, like Apple, Amazon and Facebook, is suspected of anti-competitive practices.