Apple’s patent suit against Samsung has so far has not effected the US since the trial dates haven’t been as timely as the EU and Australia, but that hasn’t stopped Verizon from voicing their opinion on the matter.
America’s largest wireless carrier has gone a head and requested that the United States District Court for the Northern District of California deny Apple’s request for a US-wide preliminary injunction against four Samsung products (the Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G andCharge smartphones, and the 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 [sic] 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.”
Verizon has been making several bold moves against Apple as they have 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”.
The history between Apple and Verizon hasn’t been a simple one since they played a key role in accelerating Android’s adoption in the U.S. market. AT&T, used to be Apple’s exclusive partner but Verizon has recently started selling the iPhone as well. Verizon obviously has a higher stake in Android since they were cut out of the iPhone sales for so long. However, it stands to reason if they go against Apple the relationship maybe short lived.