Authorized battles between firms are destined to both play out in a settlement in a short time as both sides involves phrases with the expense and supreme lose-lose nature of a drawn out combat; or they go barreling down a path that prices all people in the long term. The rumble between Sonos and Google seemed like it could simmer down, however a brand new lawsuit filed by Sonos this week could push the state of affairs to the boiling level.

The state of affairs first got here to gentle 9 months in the past when Sonos filed its original suit against Google. On this authentic case, Sonos accused Google of stealing mental property throughout a collaboration between the 2 that introduced native assist for Google Play Music to Sonos’s line of audio system. On the time, Sonos claimed that Google had infringed on 100 separate patents. In response, Google countersued Sonos utilizing an identical variety of patents from its personal portfolio and gave a narrative of mutual improvement efforts that might recommend each firms shared within the manufacturing of the applied sciences.

The brand new lawsuit, filed on September 29th, introduces 5 further claims of infringement, doubtless a part of the unique 100 patents Sonos accused Google of violating. The submitting doesn’t embrace a calculation of damages, however does request enhanced damages for every of the 5 claims — which means the courtroom might reward Sonos as much as thrice the quantity of the decided worth of the infringement if Google is discovered to be deliberately and egregiously violating these patents. Sonos can be calling for an injunction towards the gross sales of nearly all present Google-made {hardware} merchandise, together with Pixel telephones, the entire audio system, and even targets tablets and laptops just like the Pixel Slate and Pixelbooks.

These are the patents cited in Sonos’s newest submitting:

  • Networked Music Playback
  • Methods and Strategies for Networked Music Playback
  • Methodology and Equipment for Updating Zone Configurations in a Multi-Zone System
  • Zone Scene Administration
  • Audio Settings Primarily based on Setting

The timing of the lawsuit shouldn’t be a coincidence, Sonos selected to fireplace this newest shot simply someday forward of the announcement of a brand new Google-made good speaker. In a quote from Sonos:

“This lawsuit illustrates the depth and breadth of our mental property in addition to our continued innovation, and signifies the diploma to which we imagine Google has copied our improvements,” stated a Sonos spokesperson. “Google has chosen to double down on its disregard for IP and smaller American inventors and we imagine it’s vitally essential that Sonos, each for its personal sake and for that of different smaller progressive firms, stand as much as monopolists who attempt to copy and subsidize their option to additional domination.”

Sonos filed the case within the Western District of Texas and is asking for a jury trial. As typical, we’ll maintain our eye on this for any follow-ups.