Sonos, the maker of smart speakers, recently accused Google of infringing the company’s patents,media reported. Now Google will face another investigation by U.S. government agencies. The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) announced Thursday that it will investigate Google and its parent company Alphabet after receiving complaints from Sonos about its patent infringement.
According to the press release, the survey will cover “certain audio players and controllers, their components, and products that contain that audio player.” In a complaint filed with USITC, Sonos alleges that Google violated Section 337 of the Customs Act of 1930 by importing and selling some of its patented audio products and controllers in the United States. According to the press release, Sonos asked the USITC to issue a limited exclusion order and a prohibition notice.
In a statement, a Google spokesman said: “Sonos made misleading statements about our history of cooperation. Our technology and equipment are designed independently. We categorically deny their claims and will defend them. “
The press release noted that the agency must provide a target for completing the investigation within 45 days. The USITC Administrative Law Judge will hold a evidentiary hearing to determine whether there was a violation and will review it by the committee.
The investigation also showed that Sonos was committed to various legal avenues in response to its patent infringement allegations against the company. Sonos filed a lawsuit last month against Google for allegedly infringing patents on its audio products. Less than two weeks after news of the lawsuit broke, Sonos CEO Patrick Spence testified before the House Antitrust Subcommittee.