Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung has been accepted by a district court in the U.S. on Friday. There have been reports that claim that Verizon and T-Mobile claimed a preliminary injunction of the defendant’s devices in counter to the interest of the public.
Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents reports, that Verizon and T-Mobile have both filed a request with the U.S. District Court for the Northern California District to enable then of submitting a brief on behalf of Samsung. Both amicu curiae briefs were accepted by the judge on Friday, who was Judge Lucy Koh. She ruled that any argument from Apple would be “duplicative and unnecessary at this time.”
However, the judge did agree with Apple in not allowing T-Mobile to take part in the hearing on the preliminary injunction motion on October 13th. Apple’s argument was that the agenda for that hearing was already full. The decision that Verizon and T-Mobile made to get involved in the arguments between Apple and Samsung could not be the wisest move they have made as it could lead them to an odd place with Apple. Also taking into account that the relationship between Verizon and Apple is still new as it only started in February 2011. T-Mobile has showed interest in carrying the iPhone, however Apple has not responded and we don’t think that Samsung will help the carrier get the iPhone to its network.
Judge Lucy also gave a ruling that allowed Apple to file an extended reply to Samsung’s opposition after Samsung has opposed the request. Koh has been reported to have taking a permissive approach to motions related to the case.
Reports have calimed that Apple has requested to block on sales of Samsung’s new Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G and Droid Charge smartphones, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. Verizon claimed that 4G phones could impede the rollout of its Long-Term Evolution network, potentially affecting public safety. This could be a heavy blow to Samsung if it were to be approved, considering that it already faces an injunction on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany.
There is also an expected ruling to happen sometime new week in Australia on an injunction request. After Samsung agreed to delay the launch of its device, it was reported that they drew up a deal with Apple that their attorney was quoted to say “could have some potential benefit,” yet no terms have been reported to the public just yet.
Apple’s legal team have told us that Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder, had personally contacted Samsung last year to solve a complaint that that its competitors were copying its designs for the iPhone and iPad. “Samsung is an important supplier with whom we have a deep relationship,” Apple attorney Richard Lutton reported this week, he also added, “We wanted to give them a chance to do the right thing.”
However, eventually the companies could not reach an agreement and Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung in April, and Samsung has then responded with its own legal action.