Sonos v. Google

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe advised Sonos on the deal.

Sonos won an order from the U.S. International Trade Commission, which found that Google infringed five Sonos patents and barred the importation of violating products, including Google’s Nest audio speakers and Pixel phones. This is Google’s first loss in the ITC.

The ITC found that Google infringed all five asserted patents and rejected all of Google’s invalidity arguments.  As a result, every asserted claim survived and every Google product accused in the complaint was found to infringe.  The ITC’s importation ban covers not only Nest speakers, displays, streaming and connectivity products, but also the Pixel phones that control them.

Rejecting Google’s effort to limit the remedy and its argument that the product ban would be against the public interest, the ITC also imposed a cease-and-desist order and a 100 percent bond on infringing products imported over the next 60 days. The full ITC order affirmed an ITC judge’s preliminary decision in August, which likewise sided with Sonos.

The Orrick team was led by Clem Roberts, Bas de Blank (Picture), Alyssa Caridis, and Jordan Coyle, and included Mark Davies, Josh Rosenkranz, Geoffrey Moss Lillian Mao and Margaret Abernathy, among others.

Involved fees earner: Margaret Abernathy – Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Alyssa Caridis – Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Jordan Coyle – Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Mark Davies – Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Bas de Blank – Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Lillian Mao – Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Geoffrey Moss – Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Clement Seth Roberts – Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Joshua Rosenkranz – Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP;

Law Firms: Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP;

Clients: Sonos;

Martina Bellini

Author: Martina Bellini