Google is suing Sonos for allegedly infringing on patents covering smart speaker and voice-control technology. The firms have been locked in a two-year legal dispute over wireless speaker patents, which started when a partnership between the two firms soured and Sonos accused Google of stealing its IP to build Google-branded devices with Sonos tech.
This week's suits, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, claim theft of seven more features—including hotword detection, wireless charging, and how a group of speakers determines which should respond to voice input, The Verge reports(Opens in a new window).
According to a Google spokesperson, the latest litigation aims to "defend our technology and challenge Sonos' clear, continued infringement of our patents." Sonos "started an aggressive and misleading campaign against our products, at the expense of our shared customers," José Castañeda told The Verge.
The tech giant plans to file similar lawsuits with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in hopes of banning imports of certain Sonos items.Read more on pcmag.com