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Sonos claims Google is infringing five wireless-audio patents. Google denied all wrongdoing and said it will defend itself. (The Verge)

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Talking point: Sonos’s lawsuit comes one day before Google’s expected announcement of a new Nest smart speaker and Chromecast. This is the second time Sonos has taken Google to court, but the first time it’s filed in the federal court for the Western District of Texas. The state saw 747 patent complaints in the first half of 2020, twice as many as any other state this year. The Texas court is popular in part due to a Supreme Court ruling requiring firms to bring patent lawsuits only in jurisdictions which they operate, and many of them have Austin offices. Sonos is hoping this court will move its case along relatively quickly—or in about two years.

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“After experiencing the effects of COVID-19 for approximately four months, we have a better understanding of MEC member needs during this global crisis at our open stores and therefore have had to adjust staffing levels accordingly,” a MEC spokesperson told The Logic. Some 200 staff were laid off on Wednesday, confirming news first reported by The Daily Hive. (The Logic)

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Talking point: The Vancouver-based outdoor retailer announced an unspecified number of layoffs (some reports suggest “hundreds”) across its stores and organization in April, stating the pandemic’s economic impact on the company was “severe.” As my colleague Catherine reported last month, MEC was in trouble well before the pandemic started, due to an array of reasons that included record losses and widespread worker unrest, forcing some to question whether it survives beyond the pandemic.