McKool Smith principal Christina Ondrick provided commentary in IAM’s article, “Sonos Has Tough Fight Ahead To Exclude Google Products From the US.” While the International Trade Commission (ITC) preliminary ruled that Google infringed five of Sonos’ wireless audio system patents, Sonos now has an uphill battle in securing an import ban on Google’s smart speakers, Chromecast devices, and any other products that stream music, such as Pixel phones, Slate tablets and computers. Christina explained, “While there’s always a strong interest in protecting patents, the ITC must weigh IP rights against the public interest….. You are seeing efforts by the commission to craft exclusion orders that are tailored to prevent harm to the public interest. The ubiquitous nature of the products in this investigation has already drawn a large amount of third-party attention.” Read the full article here.

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