Last week, Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Charles E. Bullock issued an order resolving multiple disputes over the meaning of certain claim terms from the five patents that Sonos asserted against Alphabet (Google)in a complaint filed before the International Trade Commission (ITC) earlier this year. That ITC investigation was part of a larger dispute that also involved a parallel Central District of California case (now stayed to await the outcome before the ITC) and an affirmative case filed by Google against Sonos, alleging the infringement of five patents, in the Northern District of California. At the end of September, each party filed yet another case, Google in a declaratory judgment action (3:20-cv-03845) and Sonos affirmatively (6:20-cv-00881), over five more Sonos patents.
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