Five months after Sonos sued Google , claiming the tech giant knowingly copied its patented speaker technology, Google is countersuing. As first reported by the Verge, Google claims Sonos is violating five of its patents related to digital rights management (DRM), content availability notifications, personalized network searching, echo and noise control, and mesh networking. ZDNet Recommends The best smart speakers Want a speaker for your office that pumps out premium sound and offers Bluetooth streaming or voice control? Here are your best options from all the big players, including Sonos, Bose, Google, Apple, and Amazon. Read More “Sonos has made false claims about the companies’ shared work and Google’s technology in the lawsuits that Sonos filed against Google earlier this year,” reads Google’s complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. “While Google rarely sues other companies for patent infringement, it must assert its intellectual property rights here.” The document cites Google’s “continued partnership with Sonos,” dating back to 2013. “Google is proud of its more than five-year partnership with Sonos, and has worked constructively with Sonos to make the companies’ products work seamlessly by building special integrations for Sonos,” it says. In a statement… Read full this story
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