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Google Infringed on Patents Owned by Sonos, a Trade Judge Says


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A Google Home smart speaker.

A judge said Friday in a preliminary finding by the U.S. International Trade Commission that Google infringed on speaker-technology patents held by Sonos and should not be allowed to import products that violate Sonoss intellectual property.

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Google infringed on speaker-technology patents held by Sonos and should not be allowed to import products that violate Sonos's intellectual property, a judge said in a preliminary finding by the United States International Trade Commission that was released on Friday.

In January 2020, Sonos sued Google in federal court and in front of the United States International Trade Commission, a quasi-judicial body that decides trade cases and can block the import of goods that violate patents. Google later filed a countersuit against Sonos, claiming that Sonos was infringing on its patents.

Sonos had asked the commission to block imports of Google Home smart speakers, the company's Chromecast systems and its Pixel phones and computers. Those products are made in China and shipped to the United States.

The brief ruling did not explain why the judge, Charles E. Bullock, believed Google had violated the Tariff Act of 1930, which aims to prevent unfair competition through actions such as the import of products that infringe on U.S. patents, trademarks or copyrights.

From The New York Times
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