Verizon sides with Samsung against Apple, asks court to deny preliminary injunction

“Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, implores the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to deny Apple’s request for a US-wide preliminary injunction against four Samsung products (the Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G and Droid Charge smartphones, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer), arguing that such a decision would run counter to the public interest as it ‘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,'” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents.

“This attempt by Verizon to interfere with Apple’s enforcement of intellectual property rights against Android in general and Samsung in particular is a declaration of war that may have far-reaching consequences in the U.S. market,” Mueller reports. “I’m sure that Apple will view this move as a self-serving attempt to game the system in Android’s and Samsung’s favor, as another sign of Verizon being staunchly Android-aligned in exchange for market-distorting favors from Google, and as an attack on the intellectual property-centric business model of Apple and other innovators.”

Mueller reports, “Verizon, which recently proposed that President Barack Obama should exercise his presidential veto right against possible ITC import bans against Apple’s as well as Android-based devices, filed a motion for leave (a request for permission) to file an amicus curiae brief in support of Samsung ahead of a court hearing scheduled for October 13, after which there might be a preliminary injunction against four relatively new Android-based Samsung products. An amicus curiae brief is a way for third parties with an interest in the outcome of a lawsuit to present their views to the court. The judge will now have to decide whether Verizon is admitted as an amicus curiae, which literally means ‘friend of the court.'”

Much more in the full article here.

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  1. Apple ought to call out Verizon as an accomplice in the selling of stolen goods. I am with ATT, but now out of contract. I WAS going to take a look at switching to Verizon when the new iPhones arrived. Not now. Verizon’s reasoning is all about the success of Verizon; regardless of how many crimes are perpetrated. Verizon has proven itself unscrupulous beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    1. Let me tell you about Verizon’s “scruples” Two years, three months and 5 days before iPhone came out I joined Verizon. I signed a two year agreement. When my agreement was up, I did not sign another one, nor did I at any point call and sign up for a new one. I was waiting for a new phone that looked interesting, I was using a treo 650 at the time. (it sucked for MOST things) I did not want a blackberry, and was content to continue paying my bill and figured I would get a new phone when one compelled me, or mine died.

      Then came iPhone, I immediately pre-ordered one. The day it arrived, I called Verizon to cancel my service. The person on the phone told me I would be subject to an early termination fee. I told her that wasn’t possible, as I was well past my two year “obligation” and that in no way would I pay them the outrageous fee. I was informed that I signed a new contract, I assured her that I had all of my bills, paperwork and copy of my original contract and at no time did I sign another contract, and demanded that they immediately fax me a signed copy of said contract. I was put on hold for 10 minutes, a supervisor gets on the line and asks to help with my “problem” (my voice was getting louder, I must admit) I told her the problem was theirs and that I was being charged fraudulently and would not accept it. I again ask for the signed contract to be faxed to me supporting their claim. This person then informs me that I “consented” to it over the phone and that it was a valid contract. I pressed further, I asked for a copy of the recorded conversation (after all they say the calls are recorded for “quality control”) and was given a number to call for customer relations. I told her to get fscked and hung up. After repeated attempts to find a sentient human at this customer relations number. (leave a message we’ll get back to you deal) I just gave up. They billed me for months, I would copy the bill and send it back with a letter detailing my displeasure at their fraud. After about a year I started receiving letters form a collection agency, then a second, and a third. I sent all three a letter disputing the collection. I then started receiving calls in addition to the notices in the mail. I explained to at least 3 or four people at each of those agencies that I was disputing the claim. They no longer call or write, but they did all three put it on my credit report and I am having a devil of a time removing it. I’ll be damned if I will ever pay it, nor use their service again.

      Verizon is scum of the friggin earth if you ask me. Clearly they have paid more to these goons than the few hundred they wanted outta me, how many more have they done it to?

  2. Hey Verizon can you say MVNO?

    Oh and by the way your market cap is only 100 billion. You do realize Apple has nearly that much money in cash right? Do you really want to piss AAPL off?

    1. I don’t think it’s about who has the market valuation (or even cash horde). Apple can’t possibly purchase their way out of all thieves infringing on their innovation. No one can.

      The point is, necessarily therefore, an honest and proud institution doesn’t have to, theoretically at least.

      We as consumers of good taste and conscience can ensure that reality; and as Apple fans, we have been empowering a genuinely innovative and honest institution. Cheers to us.

  3. Here’s the real question, does anyone actually believe Verizon is going to stop investing in LTE infrastructure if Samsung loses? If so, your extremely naive at best. LTE is going to be Verizon’s future network, I am sure other companies (including Apple) will be bringing LTE phones to market, there their argument is bunk anyway!

    1. “You’re.”

      There should be a mandatory class on this subject- “your” vs. “you’re,” “its” vs. “it’s.”

      Third grade grammar. And the whole country (not just the Tea Party) can’t get it right.

      Sorry- pet peeve. And Verizon sucks.

  4. I’ve started a company called Verizons that compeats against ATT, Verizon, and others. All my telecommunication devices are made in Russia and can be bought at a very nice price. Most of the products remind people of other more well known products such as Samsungs line up, but you will really like ours as we poured hundreds of hours into development and Art. We do NOT want the USA to ban our products from being imported into the USA as it will interrupt our customers use of the items and will also hamper future development of our next phone called the lphone (that’s “L Phone” for those of you who think it resembles another brand.)
    If the USA bans our products, we would have to pour hundreds of dollars into a new idea which could cost our American her job. We do not need to worry about competition, they should worry about us! We have the advantage now.
    A decision to ban our products from entering the USA would case great harm. I emplore other companies who also purchase pirated items to stand up for your rights! Don’t let details get in the way of success!!!!
    (please replace the “p” word above with “contractual”. My delete key isn’t working ATM. I’ll update it on the next version coming out in late October 2011)
    Thank you.

  5. Many incredulous sources here. Feee Fiiiii Fooo fum, I thinks I smell the employees of Apple.
    Apple is no inovator as this bias article claims. Apple is a collector of technology. Apple’s philosophies are anti free commerce. If Apple gets its waymconsumers will be hurt in terms of their wallet and innovations.
    Speak with your wallet? LOL. Bunch of obvious corporate bloggers here. If the real people were to speak, they would go with as much open source and market co petition as possible. Which is NOT Apple. Android and third party manufacturers.

    1. I think you just woke up yesterday.

      Instead of arguing with you, look at the state of smart phones before the iPhone and look at them now. Where was the innovation before Apple? Same as the iPad. Web OSes, and all the cool things Apple brought to this world. Very likely, you are using a device, even if not an Apple device, has direct Apple inspiration on it.

      Apple’s fight with Samsung and others is over COPYING not innovation. If Samsung would have used any sense of innovation, their products wouldn’t be sad, shameful replicas of Apple products.

      Hope you become more educated with this. Glad I made your day.

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