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Alphabet and Sonos shares close lower as Google files two new lawsuits in patent dispute with Sonos | 8/9/22

On Monday (local time), Google filed two new lawsuits alleging that Sonos infringed seven other patents. Among other things, this includes technologies that regulate how networked devices with language assistants handle a wake word and wireless charging of batteries.

Sonos prevailed in a patent trial at the US Trade Commission ITC earlier this year. This had consequences for the operation of Google’s speakers. For example, users of a group of several network speakers need to change the volume for each one individually instead of all together.

In the new lawsuits, Google refers, among other things, to the fact that Sonos brought along its own voice assistant to control music on its devices. The Google Assistant has been available on Sonos speakers since 2019.

Sonos’ legal chief, Eddie Lazarus, accused Google of using “intimidation tactics” in, among other things, a statement on the “Protocol” website. Sonos pioneered the use of networked speakers in different rooms of a household and cites corresponding patents in the dispute.

Alphabet shares closed NASDAQ up 0.54 percent at $117.50, while Sonos shares fell 4.14 percent to $21.99.

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