Sonos has sued tech giant Google for copying the wireless speaker design, and has urged the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban Google products such as laptops, phones, and speakers.
According to a report published in the New York Times, Sonos filed two cases involving five patents against Google, claiming that “Google stole the technology of multi-room headphones after obtaining them through the 2013 partnership.”
The partnership allows Sonos speakers to support Google Play Music.
However, Google is alleged to have used its patented technology in the now discontinued Chromecast Audio device, but it has been used in the Google Home suite of smartphones and Pixel phones, according to the lawsuit.
In a statement issued by The Verge, the tech giant said: “Google technology has been independently developed by Google – it has not been copied from Sonos. We are strongly against these allegations and will defend them.”
Sonos, the manufacturer of the advanced wireless headphones, claimed that Google “supported its own products to sell them at a cheaper rate while using them to extract more data from buyers.”
“Google is an important partner we have successfully collaborated with for many years, including moving Google Assistant to Sonos platform last year. However, Google is blatantly copying and knowing our patented technology in creating its audio products,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence. It quoted him as saying.
Sonos also claimed that Amazon had violated its patents with the Echo family, but decided to make its case “one after the other”.
According to Sonos, starting in 2016 shortly after Google Home was first launched, Sonos has begun to warn Google of patent infringement but to no avail.