BEIJING, Feb. 7 (Upi) — The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) said Thursday that it was based on complaints from Smart Speaker maker Sonos Inc., according tomedia reports. A patent investigation is under way into some audio players and controllers sold by Alphabet’s Google.
The ITC last month received a complaint from Sonos, alleging that some of Google’s audio players and controllers and their components infringed its patents.
Sonos also filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Google in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and testified before the House Antitrust Subcommittee on the matter.
“Sonos has made misleading statements about the past history of cooperation between the two sides,” Google spokesman Jose Castaneda said in a statement Thursday. Our technology and equipment are designed independently. We totally disagree with them and will defend it. “
In some cases in the past, ITC has banned certain products from entering the United States on the grounds that they infringe U.S. patents. The ban, the so-called exclusivity order, could therefore be a bargaining chip in patent litigation.
But companies subject to the ban can often continue to import by redesigning their products to avoid those proprietary technologies.
Erin Pategas, a sonos spokeswoman, said the company was pleased that the ITC would investigate “all allegations of intellectual property infringement by Google.” “We will work with the ITC throughout the investigation and are confident of winning the lawsuit.” “
The high-end home speaker maker said Google copied its technology to connect multiple speakers during the partnership. Some Sonos speakers contain voice assistant technology from Google and Amazon.
Google sells its own Nest smart speakers separately, many of which are more affordable than Sonos speakers, and includes features such as Google Assistant technology and multi-device connectivity. The search giant has challenged Sonos’ patent infringement allegations.
Sonos on Wednesday reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter revenue.
Google said Monday that its hardware sales in the fourth quarter were down from a year earlier. (Wind)