Verizon takes Samsung's side in spat with Apple

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 26, 2011 5:33 AM
Verizon takes Samsung's side in spat with Apple

(Reuters) - Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile provider, has taken a legal stand against Apple Inc's <AAPL.O> request to prohibit the sale of some Samsung Electronics <005930.KS> models in the United States.

"The requested injunction of certain Samsung products will harm Verizon Wireless and U.S. consumers," Verizon said in a court filing dated September 23.

"It also has the possibility of slowing the deployment of next-generation networks -- such as Verizon Wireless's -- contrary to the stated goals of the U.S. government," it said.

Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc <VZ.N> and Vodafone Plc <VOD.L>.

Apple and Samsung have been locked in an acrimonious global battle over smartphone and tablet patents since April. Last month Apple won a symbolic legal victory when a German court upheld a ban on Samsung's local unit <005930.KS> selling its Galaxy 10.1 tablets in Europe's biggest economy.

(Reporting By Tarmo Virki; Editing by David Holmes)