The International Trade Commission (ITC) has announced that it has found Google in violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. ITC has issued a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order to Google to stop manufacturing and shipping the products. Made overseas and imported into states that infringe on audio equipment manufacturers’ Sonos patents.
ITC has declared that certain Google products infringe one or more of the claims of US Patent Number 9,195,258; 10,209,953; 9,219,959; 8,588,949; and 10,439,896. All five patents listed here belong to Sonos. Products infringing the patent include Nest speakers, Chromecast devices, and Pixel smartphones.
All infringing devices will be banned from entering the US within 60 days, based on the outcome of the presidential review. While the ITC ruling may ban Pixel smartphones and other Google devices in the US, President Biden can also veto the decision. Google can also avoid the ban by making some changes to its software.
To recall, Sonos sued Google back in 2020, alleging that Google took advantage of its partnership with the company to use its intellectual property on Google products. At the time, Google denied the claims and countered by Sonos for infringement of its patents.
The patent, infringed by Google, according to Sonos, allows users to easily control a home audio system, pairing multiple speakers, independent volume control of different speakers, and stereo pairing of speakers.
in a statement to android central A Sonos spokesperson said, “There is a possibility that Google will be able to degrade or eliminate product features in a way that bypasses the import restriction imposed by ITC. may sacrifice the consumer experience in an effort to sue the consumer experience, its products will still infringe dozens of Sonos patents, its wrongdoing will continue, and Sonos will continue to accrue damages. Alternatively, Google – as do others. Companies have already done — can pay reasonable royalties for technologies it abuses.”
“While we disagree with today’s decision, we will ensure that our shared customers have the best possible experience using our products and do not experience any disruption. We will seek further review and continue to defend ourselves against Sonos’ frivolous claims about our partnership and intellectual property,” said Google spokesman Jose Castaneda android central,
The great news is that Pixel smartphones are also part of a limited exclusion order. This means that the latest Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones may not be made available in the US anytime soon due to this patent war.
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