Sonos plans to ‘forward-publish’ patent applications

The speaker manufacturer takes a different tack on patent strategies

It’s one thing for a new player to shake up a particular niche technology, the way Sonos is doing with connected speakers. It’s another thing entirely for that company to take a fundamentally different approach to dealing with intellectual property

The speaker manufacturer has announced its plans to “forward-publish” some of its patent applications. This is certainly not a common practice for technology companies, and it raises several questions, mainly “What, exactly, is Sonos doing?” and “Why?”

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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