Verizon Sides With Samsung In Its Legal Battle With Apple


Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in the United States, has sided with Samsung in the U.S. round of the Apple versus Samsung legal battle. The carrier opposed Apple’s request for an injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy line of products, saying that it would hamper the development of Verizon’s 4G network.

The wireless carrier has requested the California court, where future hearings will take place, to be able to present their arguments against a U.S. wide ban on many of Samsung’s products. It is of course up to the judge to accept or deny this request.

In its filing, Apple has requested for an injunction on four of Samsung’s products in the U.S – the Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge and the Galaxt Tab 10.1 based on alleged infringement of four of Apple’s patents, three of which relate to design while the fourth is about software. The court might come to a decision regarding the preliminary injunction Apple demands, in the next hearing scheduled for October 13th.

Verizon is heavily dependant on Android’s “openness” to bundle and customise software (bloatware) shipped on Android phones. Apple on the other hand exerts great control over the entire iPhone experience right from software to packaging, which is probably why Verizon sided with Samsung in this case. This and of course the huge bucks Verizon has invested into developing LTE network throughout the U.S. An excerpt from Verizon’s initial request to the court reads:

“Since it was formed, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $65 billion – $6 billion on average every year – in its networks and services. In 2008, Verizon Wireless paid $9.36 billion for a group of wireless spectrum licenses for use in launching its LTE network. Verizon Wireless deployed its LTE network on December 5, 2010, in 39 major metropolitan areas covering more than 110 million people. Verizon Wireless’s LTE network is on track to cover over 175 markets and more than 185 million people by the end of 2011.”

Verizon also touches on the issue of jobs and the economy, a topic of intense concern in the U.S.:

“High-speed wireless service is the next train station, the next off-ramp. It’s how we’ll spark new innovation, new investments, and new jobs. Each dollar invested in wireless deployment is estimated [by economist Lawrence Summers] to result in as much as $7 to $10 higher [Gross Domestic Product]”

The holiday season is a crucial period for the sales of electronics and if Samsung is served an injunction right before that, it would be a major blow to the Korean company as well as its carrier partners.

Hit the source link to read through a detailed analysis and Muller’s take on the whole case and tell us what do you think.

[via FOSS Patents]