Sonos had two patents in mobile during Q1 2024. The patent involves a method for adjusting volume limits in a media playback system based on trigger conditions. When a trigger condition occurs, volume limits for different zones are modified to ensure that volume levels do not exceed the set limits. If a second trigger condition occurs, the volume limits are further adjusted to a different level. 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 mobile as a theme is 50% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: System limits based on known triggers (Patent ID: US20240045650A1)

The patent filed by Sonos Inc. describes a method and system for controlling the volume of playback devices in a media system in response to trigger conditions, such as emergency alarms. The system involves modifying volume limits of playback zones based on trigger conditions, ensuring that volume levels are adjusted accordingly to maintain a safe listening environment. The system allows for configurable volume limits and the return to previous volume levels once the trigger condition is deactivated.

The control system and method outlined in the patent enable the activation of lower volume limits for playback groups in response to emergency trigger conditions, ensuring that audio content is played at a safe level during emergencies. The system also includes provisions for reducing volume levels if they exceed the set limit and for returning to normal volume levels once the emergency condition is resolved. Additionally, the patent covers the use of tangible, non-transitory computer-readable media to encode instructions for implementing the described method, providing a comprehensive solution for managing playback device volumes in media systems.

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