Back in January, Sonos sued Google in the U.S. seeking financial damages and a ban on the sale of select Google products for allegedly stealing its intellectual property. Later in June, Google countersued Sonos over alleged patent infringement, escalating the ongoing legal dispute.
Now, Sonos has filed a second lawsuit against Google for infringement of five patents, as the later is preparing to introduce additions to its smart speaker lineup. Sonos says it has filed another suit because Google has chosen to double down on its disregard for IP.
The company says its patents enable features that are “fundamental to the experiences customers have come to expect from smart speakers today,” including Trueplay, which lets user transfer the playback of music to the speaker from their phone.
Sonos told iPhone in Canada the following statement:
“This lawsuit illustrates the depth and breadth of our intellectual property as well as our continued innovation, and indicates the degree to which we believe Google has copied our innovations,” said a Sonos spokesperson. “Google has chosen to double down on its disregard for IP and smaller American inventors and we believe it is vitally important that Sonos, both for its own sake and for that of other smaller innovative companies, stand up to monopolists who try to copy and subsidize their way to further domination.”
Sonos has filed its new lawsuit against Google in the Western District of Texas.