In an incredibly short announcement pushed out on Friday, Sound United said that it had reached an agreement to settle all outstanding legal matters with speaker manufacturer Sonos, bringing an end to years of litigation between the two companies. The statement said the terms of the agreement, including any exchanging of money, will remain confidential.
“Today’s agreement demonstrates our belief in moving the industry forward and removing barriers for both parties to deliver products that delight customers,” said Kevin Duffy, CEO of Sound United. “Our direction with HEOS is unchanged, and we’ll continue providing amazing-sounding solutions globally while furthering our vision of delivering joy to the world through sound.”
Sound United, which owns and operates some major audio brands including Polk, Denon, and Marantz, was first sued by Sonos back in 2014 for alleged patent infringement related to the launch of the Denon HEOS Wireless Sound System. That case went on for a number of years, and ultimately a jury ruled against them in December of 2017. Sound United was ordered to pay Sonos $2 million for past breaches that dated back to the HEOS launch in 2014 through December of 2016.
That wasn’t the end of it, though. Sonos brought another claim against Sound United’s Denon brand earlier this year, asking that the damages be extended an additional year through December 2017, claiming that the company continued to infringe upon those patents.
There were additional suits and countersuits filed by both companies, but today’s announcement brings to an end all legal action between Sound United and Sonos.