Smart speaker maker Sanos has won a patent rights lawsuit against Google. This means that Google’s smart speakers and other smart home technologies, which have been infringed upon by Sanos’ patent rights, will no longer be available for sale in the United States.
Sanos had filed a complaint with the US government alleging that Google had to change the quality of its speakers or pay for them. The US International Trade Commission has concluded that Google’s smart speaker technology has been patented by Sanos.
Google said it was unhappy with the US government’s decision and would take further action. The commission found that Google had infringed on five of Sanos’ patents. Google has been accused of using the multi-room speaker registered by Sanos in its smart speakers. This technology can control the volume of multiple speakers at the same time.
The technology, developed by Sanos, won the Innovation Award at the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show. In addition, Google has been accused of stealing control features of home audio systems, synchronization features of two or more speakers, volume control features, and speaker stereo pairing features.