T-Mobile Squares Off Against Apple in Samsung Dispute

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T-Mobile has joined in with Verizon in asking a U.S. court to not grant Apple’s request for an injunction against Samsung’s Android smartphones and tablets in the U.S. The company filed friend-of-the-court documents arguing that such an injunction would harm T-Mobile and consumers alike.

Apple vs. Samsung/Verizon/T-Mobile

The move is merely the most recent in the increasingly complex, convoluted, and extensive patent battle between Apple and Samsung. Both companies have accused the other of patent infringement, but the momentum in the U.S. and in Europe currently lies with Apple. The iPad and iPhone maker has been granted injunctions barring the import of Samsung’s Android devices in Germany, and is deep into the process of getting the same result in Australia, though that isn’t a done deal yet.

In the U.S., a federal judge is considering a similar request based on Apple’s claims that Samsung’s Android products infringe on several of Apple’s patents. 

On Monday, Verizon, one of Apple’s iPhone partners, filed its own friend-of-the-court documents, arguing that Samsung’s product line is key to Verizon’s development of an 4G LTE network, and that Verizon and U.S. customers alike would be harmed by the injunction.

T-Mobile is not an iPhone carrier currently, but its parent company, Deutsche Telekom, is in Europe. T-Mobile, which is in the process of being bought by the original iPhone carrier, AT&T, said in its filing that, “The timing of such an injunction on two popular consumer products that will help anchor its 2011 holiday sales would unnecessarily harm T-Mobile and thousands of U.S. consumers,” according to Bloomberg.

T-Mobile told reuters that it respects intellectual property, but that a wholesale injunction barring the import of Samsung’s devices, “is a drastic and extraordinary measure.”

 

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10 Comments Leave Your Own

b9bot

Well It’s not OK to belligerently copy Apple’s products and call them your own. Then Samsung might not be in this position and put all of the other carriers in that same position. Apple has the right to protect its products. And when the supplier of parts turns on you and takes top secret confidential information on Apple’s products and puts it in there own product I think that’s a BIG PROBLEM!

Lee Dronick

It is a good thing you added those Samsung and Verizon logos, without them that wisp of girl wouldn’t move the scale.

Any chance at all that the iPhone 5 will be 4G LTE capable? Too soon perhaps?

Bryan Chaffin

I would be shocked if it was LTE capable, Sir Harry. SHOCKED. I don’t think the industry has solved the power consumption problem that is the current state of LTE.

With power consumption comes awful battery performance and heat. With heat comes size, and I don’t think Apple is willing to sacrifice on that.

My sole hedge is that if Apple releases an LTE-capable device, that will mean the company has moved the needle on the power issue.

Lee Dronick

“You can’t issue an injunction! On what grounds?”

Captain Renault: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that 4G LTE is going on in here!”

Croupier: “Your new iPhone, sir.”

Captain Renault: “Oh, thank you very much.”

That is what I suspected, not quite ready for primetime.

Tiger

So, they want them allowed so their own sales aren’t hurt. But are they willing to accept that if the products are indeed ruled as ripoffs, aka stolen technology, that they become financially liable as enabling such ripoffs or accomplices after the fact??

I’m guessing not.

Bryan Chaffin

Tiger, I think it would be fair to say that T-Mobile is asking for the courts to find another solution other than the injunction. Note their insistence that they respect IP, but characterizing the injunction as extreme.

At least officially. It would be far better for the carriers for all of this to go away. smile

daemon

Meh. Block Samsungs don’t block ‘em, it doesn’t matter. I’m looking forward to all the IP that Apple’s new manufacturing partners rip off from them!

Hey look! Sharp made an Android phone with a Retina display! Has anyone told Mr. Cook yet?

RonMacGuy

that wisp of girl wouldn?t move the scale.

I don’t know, Sir Harry. She probably weighs about 80 pounds. Definitely heavier than an Apple…

RonMacGuy

By the way, the graphic did make me LOL when I saw it. My wife wondered what was so funny. She did not find it as humorous as I did for some reason. Must have lost something in the translation…

Lee Dronick

She probably weighs about 80 pounds. Definitely heavier than an Apple?

Apple is the 600 pound gorilla in the room smile

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