Sonos and Our Commitment to Innovation

Posted on March 10th, 2014 by Sonos Staff in News, Sonos Innovation, Worldwide

By Craig Shelburne, Sonos Co-Founder + General Counsel

Twelve years ago, I was fortunate enough to join the initial team at Sonos that set out to reinvent home audio. We believed this could be achieved by marrying software, audio hardware and online music services, and we’ve focused exclusively on this mission since day one. The result? We created an entirely new category of speakers that are wireless and multi-room. During this time, we’ve developed numerous key inventions, displayed in our products and explained in detail through more than 200 patent filings. For many years, we felt alone in our mission, but always knew a time would come when that would change.

Today, wireless speakers and systems represent the fastest growing segment in home audio. The market has seen numerous new entrants, from start-ups you’ve possibly never heard of to bigger brands you might know. This is great news for consumers because more competition should only improve everyone’s experience with music at home.

Our patents reveal to the public key foundational elements we created that enhance the music experience in the home. We know that others can – and will – benefit from the time, energy and investment we have put into our patented inventions, not to mention our products themselves. And we welcome that learning, but with an honorable caveat: use it to create differentiated products, rather than merely incorporating or copying our invention without our permission. While we recognize the existence of abuses in the marketplace that cross this ethical line, we still believe patents can and should be used for the benefit of all – by helping accelerate innovation.

Looking ahead, in the interests of being transparent and eliminating surprises, we will be ‘forward-publishing’ our patent applications well before they are available to the public (which is usually 18 months after the patent application). We are doing this for anyone or any company that might be interested in the patents we are seeking.

We will do this for all patent filings going forward – with one obvious exception: applications that cover inventions that are not yet in publicly available Sonos products. Our website,, provides a link for all of our published U.S. patents and patent applications.  Over time, this link will also include our forward published applications as the USPTO updates its database.  In addition, we will endeavor to include similar links for our non-U.S. patents.

To our loyal listeners, many thanks for your continued support. You can always count on us to continue working hard on more exciting innovations that will help fill your home with music like never before.



Posted on March 10th, 2014 by Sonos Staff in News, Sonos Innovation, Worldwide

  • Ryan

    Hopefully there is a patent in there that allows Google Music on the Sonos system.

    • Jay Castro

      agreed Google + Sonos = perfect

  • solidbeam

    @Ryan – Better yet… maybe Google wants those Patents to support Google Music and they buy Sonos.

  • codedwire

    It would be nice if you applied some of that innovation to the application software that controls the Sonos hardware.

    Why can I not create “scenes” so that I can save configurations of pre-defined rooms with preset volume levels and activate and switch between them with a single click/tap? Why, when I have a family subscription to a streaming music service, can only one member sign-in with their account? Why can I not “bookmark” music (regardless of the source) so that I can easily track music that I want to listen to in the future but don’t want to add to the queue?

    The Sonos applications have been stagnant for quite some time, and while I realize you are in beta with a new version, it’s difficult to apply the word “innovative” to it (I’ve tried the beta software but removed it because of mesh synchronization problems).

    If you truly want to be innovative, why not start with the software and give your customers greater control over the Sonos devices that they have already purchased?

  • Heydar Aliyev

    mos def my righteous doodbro! Nothing spells innovation like making your user base beg for the most basic of features after bamboozling them into spending +$1000! Great work on the innovation of the “no web interface” web interface! Congrats on the non-existent linux port of your desktop player!

  • John

    So I guess DTS support in the Playbar is not innovative enough for you…or perhaps you have a new patent for this :)

  • Mic sonos Anasazi

    Sonos, can you come out with rock speakers and security s

    • Mic sonos Anasazi

      And also come out with home control,security systems and outside speakers

  • Mic sonos Anasazi

    Sonos has to drop there prices.