Sonos Patents – Insights and Stats (Updated 2023)

Sonos has a total of 3597 patents globally, out of which 2461 have been granted. Of these 3597 patents, more than 85% patents are active. The United States of America is where Sonos has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe (EPO) and Japan. Parallelly, USA seems to be the main focused R&D center and also is the origin country of Sonos.

Sonos was founded in 2002. The Company designs, develops and produces audio products. The Company offers charging cradles, music players, alternating current adapters, controllers, wireless speakers, and loudspeakers.

Do read about some of the most popular patents of Sonos which have been covered by us in this article and also you can find Sonos patents information, the worldwide patent filing activity and its patent filing trend over the years, and many other stats over Sonos patent portfolio.

How many patents does Sonos have?

Sonos has a total of 3597 patents globally. These patents belong to 596 unique patent families. Out of 3597 patents, 3060 patents are active.

How Many Patents did Sonos File Every Year?

Sonos Patent Filing Trend

Are you wondering why there is a drop in patent filing for the last two years? It is because a patent application can take up to 18 months to get published. Certainly, it doesn’t suggest a decrease in the patent filing.

Year of Patents Filing or GrantSonos Applications FiledSonos Patent Granted
2022246298
2021343367
2020373370
2019430326
2018354303
2017243231
2016363162
201540183
201427425
201320916
20121738

How many Sonos patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Sonos Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Sonos File in Different Countries?

Sonos Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which Sonos Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America1776
Europe405
Japan269
China246
United Kingdom162
Germany158
Austria151
Canada61
Australia47
Korea (South)36
India4
Italy2
Netherlands2
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)2
Switzerland1

Where are Research Centers of Sonos Patents Located?

R&D Centres of Sonos

What Technologies are covered by Sonos Patents?

Sonos Technology Area

Renowned for their groundbreaking contributions to the field of wireless audio systems, Sonos has revolutionized the way we experience sound within our homes. Let’s have a look at the different technological domains that have been covered by them:

They have filed the maximum patents related to Audio Playback Systems & Control which include areas like Playback Devices & Management, followed by Speaker Unit.

Playback Management: It involves tasks such as play, pause, skip, volume control, synchronization across multiple devices and others. This is focused on ensuring smooth and seamless playback experiences for users.

Patents under Playback Devices include Techniques for Extending the Lifespan of Playback Devices, Suspension Elements For Playback Devices and others.

The patents under Speaker Unit include Method of assembling a loudspeaker, Membrane Unit for Speaker Device and a patent on Passive Speaker among many others!

Data Communication & Processing cover patents like Wireless Transmission to Satellites and radios etc.

US11363397B2” this patent under Smart Device talks about Intelligent Amplifier Activation.

Sonos has also filed an intriguing patent (KR1020010096307A) under Healthcare! This technology lets you use a special scale that can send your weight data to a website automatically. Later, when you visit the website, you can see your weight history in the form of graphs and stats, or receive it through fax or email. This is handy for tracking your health without needing a computer.

Some other interesting patents filed by Sonos are Scent Diffusing System (US20230218795A1), Sound and Light Experiences (US20230007752A1), Multimedia Experience according to Biometrics (US11163520B2).

The chart below distributes patents filed by Sonos in different countries on the basis of the technology protected in patents. It also represents the markets where Sonos thinks it’s important to protect particular technology inventions.

Sonos Technology Protected in Different Countries

R&D Focus: How Sonos’ Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

Sonos Technology Through the Years

10 Best Sonos Patents

US8234395B2 is the most popular patent in the Sonos portfolio. It has received 1860 citations so far from companies like Denso Corporation, Apple and IBM.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of Sonos:

Publication NumberCitation Count
US8234395B21860
US7571014B11721
US8483853B11448
US8290603B1556
US9042556B2335
US8588949B2310
US7792311B1292
US8370678B2216
US8086752B2209
US8423659B2208

How many inventions of other companies were rejected due to Sonos patents?

The statistics below share strategic R&D insights. It tells the companies that were trying to protect inventions similar to Sonos invention. They couldn’t because Sonos had protected those before them.

Examiners at the USPTO referred 313 Sonos patents in 1825 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the Sonos patent portfolio are Apple, Chase Bank and Samsung Electronics.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing Sonos –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing Sonos PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
Apple56137
Chase Bank4691
Samsung Electronics39105
Amazon Technologies3053
Google3049
Yamaha Corporation2683
Bose Corporation2246
Spotify2140
Sony Corporation1750
B & W Group1448

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Sonos Patents

Blocked Patent Applications by Sonos

Top Sonos Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8234395B227
US7571014B120
US10181323B219
US10499146B216
US9052810B214
US9965247B213
US10095470B212
US9084058B211
US9106192B211
US8930005B210
US8483853B19
US8903526B28
US10115400B28
US8908879B28
US9286384B28

What Percentage of Sonos US Patent Applications were Granted?

Sonos (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 1431 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 1198 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 97.88%.

Below are the key stats of Sonos patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Sonos Granted US Patent Applications

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Sonos?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Akerman81597.43%
Ls333198.94%
Fortem23598.52%
Kppb Llp2995.00%
Finch & Maloney17100.00%
Sonos2100.00%
Invention Mine1100.00%
Oblon Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt1100.00%

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