Sonos demands from Google for allegedly copying its technology and leveraging its dominant position to get them out of the market

It seems that complicated times are coming since Sonos has just filed a lawsuit against Google before a federal court in the United States. This lawsuit focuses on an alleged violation by Google of five patents owned by Sonos, all related to technology that allows speakers and audio to be synchronized wirelessly. Learn more about new devices at

But this is not all, Sonos is also filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC), seeking a ban on sales and blocking of imports of several Google devices, which are supposedly using your technology without authorization.

Sonos asks to ban the sale of laptops, phones, and speakers from Google

According to an interview with The New York Times, Patrick Spence, CEO of Sonos, explained their relationship with Google today and why they have decided to take legal action. According to Spence, it is an issue that dates back to 2013, when both companies signed an agreement for Sonos to support Google Play Music.

Spence says that after this alliance, Google used the patented Sonos technology in now extinct Chromecast Audio, and then reuse it on their Google Home devices and Pixel product line. Spence mentions that in addition, Google has focused on subsidizing its products to flood the market with its products and thus get them out of business.

Spence says they have been aware of this since the beginning, and have tried to negotiate with Google with repeated warnings in 2016 and 2019, of which they have not received a response today. From Sonos, they accuse Google of infringing at least 100 patents of their property, which include audio synchronization between speaker groups, group volume adjustment, device configuration in a local wireless network, among other technologies.

“Google is an important partner with whom we have collaborated successfully for years, including the addition of Google Assistant to the Sonos platform last year. However, Google has been blatantly and consciously copying our patented technology in creating its audio products. Despite our repeated and extensive efforts in recent years, Google has not shown any willingness to work with us on a solution that benefits us mutually. “

In the lawsuit, the following Google products are cited as “violators”: Chromecast Audio, Google Home, Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra, Nest Mini, Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, and Nest Wifi Point, as well as Pixel phones, the Pixel tablet Slate and the Pixelbook.

Spence also states that the same thing happens with Amazon, which is also violating many of its patents on its Echo devices, but for the moment they have decided not to sue since they cannot risk facing two giants in court at the same time.

Google denied Sonos’s accusations and mentioned:

“Over the years, we have had numerous ongoing conversations with Sonos about the intellectual property rights of both companies and we are disappointed that Sonos has presented these demands instead of continuing negotiations in good faith. We discuss these claims and we will vigorously defend them. . “

For its part, Amazon also rejects having violated Sonos patents and mentioned that its ‘multi-room’ audio technology was developed independently.