Apple Opposes Verizon Amicus Brief

September 28, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The Apple-Samsung legal battle has drawn in another participant, a major US network carrier, Verizon Wireless. The face-off is between the carrier and the Cupertino-based company.

Verizon had filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief asking a Northern District of California court to deny Apple’s request for a ban on Samsung’s devices at the upcoming October 13th hearing. In retaliation, Apple has opposed the carrier’s amicus brief, and is hoping to delay it, if not dismiss it, on technical grounds.

The Cupertino company argues that federal court rules prevented a non-party from making such a statement in a district court. In case the court didn’t reject the suite immediately, Apple is counting on waiting till October 6th to make a response, by which time the company can make preparations for the hearing scheduled for October 13th on the possible ban.

Since Verizon had filed it without waiting for Apple’s consent on the brief, Apple hadn’t had a chance to collect evidence that would help it in fighting Verizon’s argument.

Verizon’s business share includes a major part of sales from both Apple and Samsung, and the carrier might have wanted to show support, even after knowing that their defense might not hold.

If Apple wins the ban, then Verizon will be sure to lose some business. The effect might get minimized as some of the disputed products are already on the verge of phasing out.

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