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Ahead of October 13 hearing, Verizon backs Samsung against Apple's patent infringement claims

Ahead of October 13 hearing, Verizon backs Samsung against Apple's patent infringement claims
Verizon has filed a Samsung-backing “amicus curiae brief” with the Californian court where Apple submitted the original request for injunction in April

That started a legal battle between the two companies that now spans on four continents, but in the US specifically, Apple is seeking to ban the sales and marketing of the Samsung DROID Charge, Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which Apple managed to restrict successfully in Germany for now.

Verizon's filing doesn't have any legal weight, of course, and the term is used for third party filings that want to introduce their own considerations for the court to have in mind when deciding on a case. Verizon's “amicus curiae brief” has some pretty wordy arguments inside, up to the point that the injunction against Samsung's 4G products is against the government policies of expanding the US wireless broadband network footprint:

Verizon argues on and on, going insofar as citing a negative effect on jobs creation, i.e., it goes all-out backing up Android and its current poster child Samsung against Apple. 

Whether those arguments will stick with the judge panel remains to be seen, but it is a fact that America's largest carrier is getting more and more outspoken on the events going on in the mobile industry, probably buoyed by the successful creation of its pioneering LTE network infrastructure. CEO Lowell McAdam recently said he expects Windows Phone to be the "third ecosystem" in mobile, and stood up to defend the AT&T/T-Mobile merger two days ago.

source: FOSSPatents


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