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Verizon and T-Mobile Support of Samsung Briefs Accepted

Under: Apple iPhone, Samsung, T-Mobile, Verizon
Date: October 3rd, 2011

As you probably know, in the Apple against Samsung fight the other day Verizon submitted an amicus curiae brief to the court in support of Samsung, and this was followed by T-Mobile following suit and also submitted an amicus curiae to the court in support of Samsung, and now both briefs have been accepted.

According to an article over on Apple Insider, Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents reports that the judge for US District Court for the Northern District of California, Judge Lucy Koh accepted both (friends of the court) briefs from Verizon and T-Mobile on Friday.

The judge also ruled that any rebuttal of the briefs from Apple at this point would be considered “duplicative and unnecessary at this time,” although Kho did deny T-Mobile’s request to take part in the hearing scheduled for October the 13th.

Apparently Judge Koh has ruled that Apple can file a 30-page response to Samsung’s opposition once Samsung has opposed the request.

According to the Apple Insider guys, Verizon and T-Mobile becoming involved with the dispute could result in putting the carriers at odds with Apple, as Verizon’s relationship with the iPhone maker is relatively new, while T-Mobile doesn’t yet offer the iPhone.

Basically both Verizon and T-Mobile have come down on Samsung’s side against Apple and claim that an injunction against the selling of Samsung products such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is against the public interest.

I’m sure you already know my personal opinion on the matter, this legal battle is going on way too long and in the end it will be the public’s right of choice that suffers if Apple manages to get Samsung gear blocked, especially when Apple lawyers have virtually admitted its all about Apple’s Apple iPad market share.

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