Apple and Samsung’s ongoing court battle has resulted in a temporary ban of Samsung products all over the globe. The Korean company has been blocked from selling its Galaxy tablet and other devices in Australia, Germany, and other countries.

Now, the duo prepares to square off in the United States, and things just got a lot more interesting. FOSSPatents is reporting that Verizon Wireless, the largest carrier in the country, just filed a motion to intervene on behalf of Samsung…

WHAT? FOSSPatents explains:

“Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, implores the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to deny Apple’s request for a US-wide preliminary injunction against four Samsung products (the Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G and Droid Charge smartphones, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer), arguing that such a decision would run counter to the public interest as it “would hinder Verizon Wireless in developing and deploying its next generation high-speed LTE [fourth-generation] network, the job growth dependent 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.”

The site goes on to explain that Verizon’s involvement, on behalf of Samsung, is essentially a declaration of war that could have “far reaching consequences in the U.S.” It’s really not all that surprising, though. Verizon has supported Android from the beginning.

While Florian Mueller of FOSSPatents doesn’t think the carrier’s case holds much water, he does think it could garner political attention. After all, mentioning that the outcome of the case could affect jobs (in America’s current situation), is a big deal.

All eyes are on the North District of California court this Fall. If the decision goes Apple’s way, and the injunction is granted, Samsung could lose the ability to sell some of its top-selling devices in the US, right before the holiday season.


    I hope AT&T and Sprint side with Apple and Verizon goes under. Lofty hopes, I know.

  • Mohammed

    Jailbreak me

  • Bronson

    Verizon….continue to pull shit like this Apple may pull it’s products and iOS 5 from you…if that happens I will pay whatever ETF I need to and run back to AT&T

  • Taylor Harris

    Something tells me Apple won’t be making another CDMA iPhone now…

  • plazma_009

    Personally i think Verizon is stupid to get involved considering how many users likely went to Verizon when the iPhone was introduced on their network.

  • The One

    That is what happens when apple starts being d-bags. If your product is good ppl will buy it, no matter how many alleged ” copycats” are out there. Apple has become the new Microsoft, so yeah same on you and screw you for being a hypocrite!

    • Jbravo

      Do you mean “shame”? Agreed

  • chadwick

    waht a epitomizes greed

  • I think it was be hilarious if Apple does give Verizon the next iPhone.

  • Ryan

    While I don’t disagree that the way all of this is going down is getting ludicrous, the principle behind it is solid and I support it. If Apple allows copycats to come in and try to make everything they make but cheaper and more mass produced, it definitely will effect both their business as well as the products that make it to market. The copycats don’t care about copying 100%, they want to copy it “just good enough” to save on R&D costs (which Apple would be footing the bill for, essentially) and manufacturing costs so they can make more money on the end product, which while less expensive would NOT be as high quality as the real–in this case, Apple–deal. This is most definitely NOT good for the consumer.

    What IS good for the consumer is competition. There is not only one good way to make a product design or one good way for software to function. People need to be pushed to make things different and better. I LOVE Apple stuff, but for the sake of Apple making better stuff I very sincerely hope Windows Phone 7 and webOS get to be successful; Android is too (crappily) similar to iOS and poor MeeGO has been nipped in the bud.

    The same thing goes for design. Want Apple to make a spiffy cool new design that totally blows everyone else out of the water? Force other companies to give them a reason to! Why release a totally awesome new iPhone 5 design only to have Samsung or some other company knock it off in 6 months? Talk about ruining the party…

    • shadow

      Wow, do you actually believe the crap you are spewing?!?!? That explains why Android is kicking iOS butt. I’ve had IPhones and Samsung Android phones. They are nothing alike. The iPhone is for patient people who want everything done for them and Android is for people who want to be able to do everything. A clearly distinct market for clearly distinct user base.

  • SimonOrJ

    Guys, what just happened?!

  • techno709

    fuck who gives a shit if a company copies wat a device looks like

  • fdxgncgfn

    Next latest headline…. Apple to stop selling Verizon phone and CDMA phones due to traitorous acts with Samsung.

    • wooooow!!!! this is big real big…. if the iphone gets pulled from verizon that will be funny as hell

      • shadow

        It won’t happen. Apple is too greedy.

  • Li

    Um… Go buy some of the samsung now and sell it when it actually happen. You will make a lot!!!! Unless it doesn’t happen but you canstill sell the phone haha!!!