Sonos and Lenbrook Industries Reach Out of Court Settlement
The case against Lenbrook Industries by multiroom wireless audio technology founders, Sonos, has been settled according to a joint statement released overnight.
The details of the settlement are confidential. It is understood Lenbrook, the parent company of NAD Electronics, Bluesound, and PSB Speakers has agreed to “pay royalties for a license to Sonos' patents for all BluOS enabled devices.”
Eddie Lazarus, Chief Legal Officer for Sonos, commented:
We welcome and encourage competition, and want to make sure that all companies entering this space recognize the strength of our IP and provide appropriate compensation. Today's settlement reflects those principles.
No further specifics of the settlement are outlined in the joint statement.
When StereoNET first reported Sonos' intention to pursue Lenbrook, the company denied the allegations, saying its “high resolution audio capabilities substantively differentiates Lenbrook's products from those of Sonos and many other of Sonos' actual direct competitors. Lenbrook believes it is generally recognized by the industry as the first legacy audio company to deliver such a complete and differentiated solution to the audiophile marketplace.”
At first glance, the settlement appears to mirror the outcome of the Sonos vs Sound United case for alleged patent infringements of its HEOS wireless multiroom audio platform. That result was considered a defeat for Denon with a court ruling that three Sonos patents had been breached.
Denon was ordered to compensate Sonos with US$2 million for breaches occurring between the HEOS debut in 2014 and up until the end of 2016. Sound United's platform has since been rebranded Denon Home.
Lenbook Industries' agreement to pay Sonos license royalties for all BluOS enabled devices which include Bluesound, Bluesound Professional, NAD Electronics, DALI, and Monitor Audio, has likely avoided a lengthy court case and further legal costs.
Greg Stidsen, Lenbrook's Chief Technology Officer, added:
Our record of innovation and critical acclaim across all our brands speaks for itself. We have partnered with more than 20 innovative technology companies in our quest to offer the market the highest performance and most advanced audio solutions possible. We are pleased that we have been able to reach an agreement with Sonos to end this patent dispute.
Sonos also filed a lawsuit against Google earlier this year citing the infringement of five of its patents, while Google similarly countersued in June for patent infringements. Google has denied infringing any Sonos patents and the case is ongoing.