Verizon takes Samsung’s side in case against Apple

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Verizon Wireless has asked the U.S. court presiding over Apple’s case against Samsung to deny an injunction against Samsung’s products in the U.S. The carrier states that an injunction would be against the public’s interest, and that it would slow the adoption and expansion of Verizon’s next-generation, 4G LTE network.
Verizon tells the court that an injunction against Samsung’s products in the U.S. “would hinder Verizon Wireless in developing and deploying its next generation high-speed LTE [fourth-generation] network, the job growth dependant on that network, and will undercut key public policy goals, including expansion of American’s [sic] access to broadband networks and faster communication with emergency personnel.”
Apple’s case against Samsung requests an injunction against a number of Samsung’s smartphones and tablets, including the DROID Charge and Galaxy Tab 10.1, both of which are LTE devices available from Verizon Wireless. An injunction would block the sale and import of the devices in the U.S., much like what has occurred in Germany and Australia already.
Verizon’s message to the court only cites one of the four patents that Apple takes issue with against Samsung. The carrier only points to US Patent No. 7,469,381, which covers “list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display.” The other three patents, which are related to hardware design, are not mentioned in Verizon’s note to the court. “Verizon Wireless takes no position on whether a preliminary injunction should be granted if the Court finds a likelihood of success on the infringement of Apple’s design patents,” says the carrier with regards to the design patents, but it does note that “an injunction may cripple the free flow of goods to Verizon Wireless, businesses and consumers.”
Verizon Wireless concludes its argument against the injunction by claiming that “the proposed injunction would disproportionally affect the very devices that are most critical to adoption and expansion of Verizon Wireless’s next-generation network.” Whether or not Verizon’s complaint will be admitted to the case by the court remains to be seen, but it would need to happen before the hearing on the matter that has been scheduled for October 13. [via FOSS Patents]

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