Verizon, T-Mobile Letters Allowed in Apple & Verizon Patent Case

The friend of the court letters Verizon and T-Mobile submitted to a U.S. court showing support in hopes of blocking a potential ban Samsung’s Galaxy tablet and smartphones will be allowed in the company’s patent infringement battle with Apple, according to Foss Patents. The cell service providers filed their letters in U.S. District Court in Northern California to argue against a potential injunction that would prevent Samsung from selling products such as its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and Android-based smartphones in the United States.

Accepting the letters is good news for Verizon and T-Mobile because it means Judge Lucy Koh will at least consider their arguments in Samsung’s defense. It doesn’t, however, mean the court will act on the letters, or avoid imposing an injunction.

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Apple and Samsung have been locked in a legal battle over patent infringement claims for several months. Both companies have alleged that the other’s mobile devices use patented technologies without proper licensing, and have filed lawsuits against each other in the U.S. and other countries.

Verizon and T-Mobile both argued that blocking the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy phones would hurt their businesses because they rely on the handsets for their high speed data networks. While Verizon simply submitted its letter to the court, T-Mobile requested to participate in an injunction hearing set for October 13.

A German court recently upheld an injunction blocking the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the country. Samsung has filed an appeal in hopes of overturning that ruling.

Apple was also awarded a temporary injunction through a Dutch court blocking the sale of some Galaxy devices in the European Union, and Samsung has agreed to postpone sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia until the end of September, but now is facing the possibility of an injunction in that country, if it can’t work out a deal with Apple soon.

In an effort to avoid an injunction in Australia, Samsung said it wanted to negotiate with Apple, and has even gone so far as to say it would strip features out of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet model it hopes to sell in the country.