Well now here’s a turn up for the books, it appears that Verizon has now showed their colours and decided which side they are on in the continuing patent battle between Apple and Samsung, and has shown those colours by requesting the court deny Apple’s demands for a ban on Samsung gear such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
According to an article over on Slash Gear, by way of FOSS patents, that the Big Red has demands the US court rejects Apple’s request for an injunction against the sales of the like of the aforementioned Android slate, the Samsung Droid Charge, and Samsung Infuse 4G.
The Big Red claims that any injunction would “run counter to the public interest,” and would “hamstring” their rollout of their 4G LTE network, and potentially “undermine the job growth dependent on that network,” along with wasting promotion and advertising before the festive season.
Furthermore, Verizon claims that an injunction on Samsung gear would basically have a “negative affect” on governmental policy on the expansion of US broadband networks.
Verizon’s stance is “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,” however they continue with “an injunction may cripple the free flow of goods to Verizon Wireless, businesses and consumers.”
Whether the judge presiding over the case will take Verizon’s statement into consideration before the hearing on October the 13th remains to be seen.
In retaliation to Apple’s continuing assault against Samsung, the Korean manufacturer has filed for the banning of the iPhone in Korea along with a ban on the iPhone and Apple iPad in the Netherlands. No doubt there is still a long way to go before Apple and Samsung come to some agreement that will put an end to all this bickering.