On Tuesday, Sonos sued Google in two federal court systems, seeking financial damages and a ban on the sale of Google’s speakers, smartphones and laptops in the United States. Sonos accused Google of infringing on five of its patents, including technology that lets wireless speakers connect and synchronize with one another.
Sonos’s complaints go beyond patents and Google. Its legal action is the culmination of years of growing dependence on both Google and Amazon, which then used their leverage to squeeze the smaller company, Sonos executives said.[…]
“Google has been blatantly and knowingly copying our patented technology,” Mr. Spence said in a statement. “Despite our repeated and extensive efforts over the last few years, Google has not shown any willingness to work with us on a mutually beneficial solution. We’re left with no choice but to litigate.”
Sonos executives said they decided to sue only Google because they couldn’t risk battling two tech giants in court at once. Yet Mr. Spence and congressional staff members have discussed him soon testifying to the House antitrust subcommittee about his company’s issues with them.
I’ve said it many times before – companies like Google and Amazon have simply become too large, too powerful, and too invulnerable, and this is simply yet another example in a long string of examples.
Break them up.
“Too big to fail” == “too big”, period.
The sooner they fail, the less damage they’ll cause.
As much as I love what they bring, I agree, it’s time for them to scatter to the winds as they have become monolithic and are hurting small innovators and startups.
For me it’s quite ironic that they stifle innovation due to their sheer size, but then there is Apple putting it all back into perspective. Innovation when you do not really have innovation!
I think the warning signs for Google and Amazon have been their since they became their own news articles.
Or it could be Sonos patent trolling with software patents.