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Technology U.S. trade panel opens patent probe into Google speakers after Sonos complaint

07:50  08 february  2020
07:50  08 february  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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The U . S . International Trade Commission said on Thursday it was launching a patent investigation into certain audio players and controllers sold by Alphabet Inc' s Google LLC based on a complaint by rival smart speaker maker Sonos Inc . The commission said in a statement the Section 337 complaint .

By David Lawder and Paresh Dave

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WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Thursday it was launching a patent investigation into certain audio players and controllers sold by Alphabet Inc's Google based on a complaint by rival smart speaker maker Sonos Inc.

The ITC received a complaint from Sonos last month alleging that the import of certain audio players and controllers and their components infringe on its patents.

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The U . S . International Trade Commission said on Thursday it was launching a patent investigation into certain audio players and controllers sold by Alphabet Inc' s Google LLC based on a complaint by rival smart speaker maker Sonos Inc. The commission said in a statement the Section 337 complaint .

Some Sonos speakers can be used to access Google Assistant and Amazon.com Echo audio assistance services. The complaint names both Google and Alphabet as respondents in the case, but not Amazon. (Reporting by David Lawder and Andrea Shalal; Editing by Chris Reese).

Sonos at the time also filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Google in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and testified to a House of Representatives antitrust subcommittee about its frustrations with Google.

"Sonos has made misleading statements about our history of working together. Our technology and devices were designed independently. We deny their claims vigorously, and will be defending against them," Google spokesman Jose Castaneda said in a statement on Thursday.

The ITC has in some cases issued orders banning products from U.S. entry on the grounds they infringe U.S. patents. The threat of such bans, known as exclusion orders, can be leverage in settlement discussions.

But companies subject to the bans are often able to keep importing products by redesigning them to avoid using patented technology.

Sonos sues Google over speaker tech

  Sonos sues Google over speaker tech Sonos says Google has flooded the market with devices that infringe on its technology.In its filing, Sonos said it shared its multi-room wireless speaker technology with Google in 2013 in order to to integrate the platform with Google Play Music. Sonos said Google began infringing on the patent in 2015 with the launch of its multi-room home audio product, Chromecast Audio.

Some Sonos speakers can be used to access Google Assistant and Amazon.com (AMZN.O) Echo audio assistance services. The complaint names both Google and Alphabet as respondents in the case, but not Amazon. Reporting by David Lawder and Andrea Shalal; Editing by Chris Reese.

Some Sonos speakers can be used to access Google Assistant and Amazon.com (AMZN.O) Echo audio assistance services. The complaint names both Google and Alphabet as respondents in the case, but not Amazon. Reporting by David Lawder and Andrea Shalal; Editing by Chris Reese.

Sonos spokeswoman Erin Pategas said the company was pleased that the ITC will investigate "all of our claims asserting Google blatantly infringed our intellectual property. We’ll fully cooperate throughout the duration of the investigation and feel confident about the merits of our case."

The maker of premium home speaker devices has said Google copied its technology for connecting together multiple speakers during partnership discussions. Some Sonos speakers include voice assistant technology from Google and Amazon.com Inc.

Google separately sells its own Nest smart speakers, many of which are more affordable than Sonos speakers and also include Google Assistant technology and multi-device connection capabilities.

The search giant has disputed Sonos' infringement claims.

Sonos on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter revenue that beat expectations.

Google on Monday said its hardware sales declined in the fourth quarter from a year ago.

(Reporting by David Lawder, Andrea Shalal and Jan Wolfe in Washington and Paresh Dave in San Francisco; Editing by Chris Reese, Tom Brown and David Gregorio)

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