Sonos had five patents in mobile during Q4 2023. Sonos Inc’s patents filed in Q4 2023 focus on computing devices, including playback devices, that can operate in various media distribution and playback modes based on the source of audio/video data. Additionally, the patents describe methods for using a mobile device as a secondary display for supplemental content while viewing video content on a primary display. The patents also discuss smart configuration of audio settings for playback devices within different zone groups, as well as techniques for self-calibration of playback devices to adjust for acoustic characteristics of the surrounding environment. 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 mobile as a theme is 40% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Wireless streaming of audio/visual content and systems and methods for multi-display user interactions (Patent ID: US20230403424A1)

The patent filed by Sonos Inc. discloses computing devices, including playback devices, that can operate in various media distribution modes and playback audio data in different modes based on the source of the audio/video data. Additionally, the patent describes a method where a control device, such as a mobile device, can act as a secondary display to provide supplemental content to a user while they are viewing video content on a primary display like a television.

The method outlined in the patent involves determining the proximity of a control device to a video playback device, displaying a user interface on the control device for providing supplemental content, and automatically presenting supplemental content associated with the media content being played back via the video playback device. The supplemental content can include suggested additional media content, review data, or production information related to the media content. The patent also covers scenarios where multiple control devices with different user profiles are in proximity to the video playback device, allowing for personalized supplemental content based on each user profile.

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