Sonos To Forward Publish Patent Applications

Santa Barbara-based wireless speaker maker Sonos said Monday that it will start "forward-publishing" its patent applications, making the text of those patents available to the public far before they normally would be, saying it wants to "accelerate innovation". According to Sonos, it has more than 200 patent filings, and that it will be publishing the patent filings its makes--as long as applications that cover inventions not yet publicly avaliable in its products. Sonos said the move would allow anyone or any company to get a full view of the patents the company is seeking. Sonos has already started posting those patents and patent applications. Sonos said that it hopes that making those patent applications available, companies might "create differentiated products" based on its technology, rather than "merely incorporating or copying our invention without our permission."