Verizon sides with Samsung in Apple patent dispute

Verizon Wireless has filed a brief in U.S. District Court in California supporting Samsung in a patent infringement case filed against the South Korean company by Apple. FOSS Patents reports that in the briefing, Verizon argues that issuing a preliminary injunction barring four Android-powered Samsung products from sale in the U.S. “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.” As noted in the report, the same court holds records for another case, Oracle v. Google, that include a document showing that Verizon and Google promised each other unspecified favors—potentially anti-competitive favors—as part of their cross-promotion of Android devices, many of which have been marked with “Droid” branding. Apple has yet to respond to the filing.

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