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Google loses patent fight over Sonos smart audio system, may face import ban

A U.S. commerce decide dominated on Friday that Alphabet Inc’s Google infringed 5 patents belonging to Sonos that concern smart audio system and associated expertise, a call that might result in an import ban.

The temporary ruling from Charles Bullock, the chief administrative legislation decide of the U.S. International Trade Commission, didn’t clarify why Google’s sale of the merchandise violated a 1930 federal tariff legislation, generally often called Smoot-Hawley, designed to forestall unfair competitors.

Sonos has been attempting to dam Google from importing Home smart audio system, Pixel telephones and different merchandise from China.

Google didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Sonos mentioned it was happy with the preliminary ruling, which it mentioned “confirmed Google’s blatant infringement” and furthered its efforts to defend its expertise towards alleged misappropriation by bigger rivals.

Shares of Sonos have been up 11.4% in after-hours buying and selling.

Sonos mentioned it was happy with the preliminary ruling, which it mentioned “confirmed Google’s blatant infringement” of Sonos patents concerning smart audio system.
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Friday’s ruling is topic to review by the complete ITC, scheduled for Dec. 13 in response to the fee’s web site.

The ITC case is a part of an array of litigation between the 2 corporations, together with instances in California, Texas, France, Germany and the Netherlands, in response to regulatory filings.

Google has mentioned Sonos repeatedly sought assist throughout their years of partnership, and it will definitely built-in Sonos merchandise into its Play Music service and Google Assistant software.

Sonos has been attempting to dam Google from importing Pixel telephones (displayed on this billboard advert in Japan), Home audio system and different merchandise.
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Some Sonos audio system have used voice help expertise from Google and Amazon. Google’s personal Nest smart audio system embrace Google Assistant expertise.

Sonos relies in Santa Barbara, California, and Alphabet in Mountain View, California.