Google Nest Thermostat feature leads to copyright issue and costs company $20 million

Google Nest Thermostat suffers from various issues. In January, the search engine giant was accused of infringing on Sonos’ patented technologies for wireless speaker innovation.

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PROVO, UT – JANUARY 16: In this photo a Nest thermostat is being adjusted in a home on January 16, 2014 in Provo, Utah. Google bought Nest, a home automation company, for $3.2 billion, pushing Google further into the home ecosystem.

Some experts have claimed that this question shows the increase in intellectual theft in the United States. This isn’t the first time Google has been accused of stealing intellectual properties from lesser-known tech companies.

Apart from Google, Apple, Samsung and other big names have also suffered from the same problem over the past few years.

Now another issue has arisen as Google faces a new lawsuit from EcoFactor.

New Google Nest Thermostat issue

According to Android Police’s latest report, the new lawsuit filed by EcoFactor, a tech company that focuses on energy-saving innovations, against Google is forcing the search engine giant to pay $5.16 million. dollars.

Google Nest Thermostat feature leads to copyright issue and costs company $20 million

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SAN RAFAEL, CA – JANUARY 13: The Nest Learning Thermostat is displayed at a Home Depot store on January 13, 2014 in San Rafael, California. Google today announced the acquisition of Palo Alto, Calif.-based digital smoke alarm and thermostat company Nest for $3.2 billion in cash.

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The issue affects Nest thermostat units sold between January 2020 and 2022. At first, Google tried to get away with it, saying it had independently designed the energy-saving features of its thermostats.

However, the West Texas jury finds the giant manufacturer infringed on one of EcoFactor’s patents. For this reason, Google is now required to pay approximately $20 million for all damages caused.

Future Nest thermostats are also included

Along with Nest Thermostat units sold between the mentioned dates, Google is also obligated to pay for products it sells in the future.

This is why the initial requirements of $5.16 million have increased to $20 million. As it is, that means Google can still sell its Google Nest thermostats with energy-saving features.

At this time, EcoFactor takes the issue of copyright infringement as a serious matter since it does not sell its innovations directly to consumers.

Instead, this tech company offers its services through HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) companies. Apart from them, utilities and broadband providers are also using EcoFactor’s energy saving innovations to improve their products.

In other news, Android Google Maps is still not available for some consumers. On the other hand, Google Chrome has finally updated its logo for the first time after more than a decade.

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