ITC Judge Issues Early Ruling For Sonos In Patent Fight With Google
Multi-room audio resource Sonos has won an early determination in a filing against Google for allegedly violating five Sonos patents related to speakers and controllers.
A statement was posted on the U.S. International Trade Commission’s web site Friday indicating chief administrative law judge Charles E. Bullock issued a preliminary ruling upholding Sonos’ claims. The full commission still must rule on the decision.
According to the posted statement:
“On this date, the undersigned issued an initial determination on violation of section 337 and a recommended determination on remedy and bond in the above-referenced investigation. It is held that a violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, has been found in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation of certain audio players and controllers, components thereof, and products containing same with respect to all the Asserted Patents (i.e., U.S. Patent Nos. 9,195,258; 10,209,953; 9,219,959; 8,588,949; and 10,439,896),” the statement reads.
Sonos sued Google last January seeking financial damages for allegedly infringing on five of the audio product maker’s patents. Google later counter sued Sonos.
According to a statement from Google spokesman José Castañeda: “We do not use Sonos’ technology, and we compete on the quality of our products and the merits of our ideas. We disagree with this preliminary ruling and will continue to make our case in the upcoming review process.”
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By Greg Tarr
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