Apple trying to get the Samsung Galaxy Nexus banned has been the talk around the Internet for the past few weeks, with the latest news being how Samsung managed to get the ban temporarily lifted over the weekend. Now Sprint, the third largest wireless provider in the United States, has decided to back Sammy in this litigation fight against Apple.
Foss Patents was able to get its hands on The Now Network’s filed amicus brief in support of Samsung, joining the likes of Google in dismissing the alleged infringement at issue. In simple terms, Sprint believes that injunctions on smartphones is bad for business, as it turns carriers into “unwitting victims” of litigation they’re not party to — which is the honest to goodness truth.
Moreover, the third largest carrier had this to say, “[A]n immediate preliminary injunction against a device substantially and irreparably harms Sprint by leaving a void in its device portfolio.”
All in all, this is what judges fail to notice, as carriers are also the ones affected by these patent wars. Imagine that you’re a phone company and you’ve already purchased thousands of a specific handset that just so happens to get banned — you get screwed because you can’t sell the device. No sale, no money. Apple not only hurts the manufacturer, but the carriers as well — think about it.