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Google Triumphs in Sonos Patent Dispute, Unlocks Smarthome Multi-Speaker Volume Control

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As reported on October 10, a dispute has taken place between Google and Sonos. The relevant Sonos patent dispute mainly focused on “controlling the volume of a group of smart speakers at the same time.” Sonos claimed that it owned the patent for this function, which led to the recent Google release of an update that disables related functions of Google Home smart speakers.

Speculations are that Google began selling products capable of simultaneously adjusting the volume of a group of speakers back in 2015. Though Sonos applied for the patent for the same in 2019, linking the 2019 feature to a 2006 application with duplicacy, Sonos moved forward with the retroactive period of its own patented functions.

What exactly was about the Sonos patent dispute

Believed by an IT house, a judge named William Alsup was trying to connect its “multi-room audio technology” patent with the 2006 application, claiming that its invention preceded Google’s equipment. “This is not a case of ‘an inventor leading the industry’ to something new, but a case of ‘an industry-leading a new thing’, but when the industry was moving towards something new, an inventor suddenly appeared and said he thought of it first. This idea.”

Nonetheless, a Reuters report today said that a federal judge in California dismissed the Sonos patent dispute and expects Google to bring back similar functions to its series of Google Home smart speakers in the near future.


Are you someone who has used the Google Home smart speakers? If yes, how was your experience with the same? Now that Google has finally won the case over the Sonos patent, how do you think it would impact the functioning of the appliance in a negative or positive manner?

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