Over the weekend, the ongoing patent war between Samsung and Apple took an interesting turn. No new devices have been banned, but a rather unlikely third-party has made their opinion on the situation known. The unlikely third-party is Verizon, and it looks like the carrier may become the voice of reason.
Verizon has filed the necessary paperwork to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to ask for the denial of Apple’s injunction against US Samsung devices. Essentially, Apple wants to put a stop to the Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Verizon says no.
Of course Verizon has good reason to do this for their own revenue alone (especially with the holiday season right around the corner), but they were very clear to mention the effect an injunction would have on consumers as well. Not only would early adopters and consumers seeking expanded network solutions see a negative impact, but so would the job market. Without the devices to support Verizon’s 4G network, the economy surrounding the network would take a turn for the worse.
Before now, third-party members somehow linked to the patent wars have kept to themselves. Verizon not only speaking out on the negative impact of banning phones and tablets, but actually filing paperwork to stop it, may be the beginning of a new trend. It will be interesting to see how other manufacturers and carriers will play a role in the lawsuits already taking place. Do you agree with Verizon, that the banning of smartphones from any manufacturer will do more harm than good, or do you think carriers should stay out of it?