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Sonos Case Against Google Gets Closer Scrutiny by ITC

  • ITC will review findings on Sonos’s patents, Google’s designs
  • Sonos is seeking an import ban on Google smart home devices
Inside A Sonos Inc. Store Ahead Of Earnings Figures
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A U.S. trade agency is taking a closer look at Sonos Inc.’s claims that Alphabet Inc.’s Google infringes patents for home audio systems and is considering whether to shut some Google smart home devices, phones and laptops out of the U.S. market.

The International Trade Commission said it would review part of a judge’s findings that Google infringed five Sonos patents and cleared product redesigns of any violation. Both companies asked the agency to review aspects of the judge’s findings that went against them.