Sonos had 60 patents in digitalization during Q4 2023. Sonos Inc’s patents in Q4 2023 focus on innovative features such as location-based playlists, seamless synchronization of live media events across multiple playback devices, automatic replacement of inaccessible media items in a queue, various media distribution and playback modes, and smart configuration of audio settings based on zone groups. These patents showcase the company’s commitment to enhancing the user experience and providing versatile audio solutions. GlobalData’s report on Sonos gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Sonos grant share with digitalization as a theme is 51% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Location-based playlist generation (Patent ID: US20230421624A1)

The patent filed by Sonos Inc. relates to location-based playlists, where a computing system receives GPS data from a mobile device indicating its physical location at a business associated with playback devices. As audio tracks are played back, they are added to a location-based playlist for the user. The system then displays this playlist on the mobile device. The patent includes claims for a computing system with network interfaces and processors to receive and store playback data from different locations, generate location-based playlists, and send indications to mobile devices.

The claims further detail the functions of the computing system, such as storing playback data from different networks, generating playlists with media items from various locations, and requesting information from playback devices. The patent also covers scenarios where playback devices are associated with different media playback systems or the same system, forming groups of devices. Additionally, the patent includes instructions for the computing system to periodically receive information on media content played back by different devices and to request and receive data on media items played back by these devices. Overall, the patent outlines a comprehensive system for creating location-based playlists based on the user's physical location and the playback devices in that area.

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