Sonos had 30 patents in internet of things during Q1 2024. Sonos Inc’s patents filed in Q1 2024 focus on networked devices operating in bonded zones with incompatible media playback protocols, playback queue subscriptions across multiple user accounts and households, voice command control for media playback systems, playback devices with multiple spectrum radios for synchronizing audio and video content, and software add-ons for modifying playback device equalization based on remote sources. GlobalData’s report on Sonos gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Sonos grant share with internet of things as a theme is 36% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Multiple media playback protocols for synchronized media playback in grouped zones (Patent ID: US20240098314A1)

The patent filed by Sonos Inc. describes a system where a first networked device receives a media stream from a media source device using a first media playback protocol, which is then transmitted to a second networked device in a bonded zone. The first and second devices operate in synchrony to play back the audio content received, even if they use different communication protocols. The system allows for seamless playback across multiple devices within a synchrony group.

The patent claims detail the configuration and operation of the first playback device within a synchrony group, where it receives and transmits audio content using different communication protocols, ensuring synchronous playback with other devices in the group. The claims also cover scenarios where the first playback device converts incompatible media streams to ensure compatibility with the second communication protocol used for transmission. Additionally, the patent outlines methods for playing back audio content in synchrony with multiple playback devices, such as stereo pairs or groups of devices. Overall, the patent aims to provide a seamless and synchronized audio playback experience across networked devices operating in a bonded zone.

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