Originally Posted by wakefinance
I think you missed the point (and this goes for stelligent too...I wish I knew how to quote more than one post). Yes, you're right that by intervening with this brief, Verizon has to end up favoring one side of the case more than the other. But I was talking about their intentions. Verizon is doing this for what they see as bolstering their best interests. They don't care about the success of Samsung's product line beyond the extent that it affects their business. They don't care about Apple claiming infringement of intellectual property. They don't care whether Samsung infringed Apple's intellectual property. What they do care about, though, is that one of their most important hardware suppliers is attempting to put another one of their most important hardware suppliers out of business. It wouldn't matter who sued who or over what. All they see is that this case has the potential to hurt their business, and they're letting the courts know.
It's all about being selfish and only looking out for one's self or institution that's a reason the world is in the financial straits it's in today. No one cares about anyone else, just how it benefits them or their business. We need to bring back that Union mentality of the 20th century where if the maintenance people had a valid grievance and went on strike the Machinists, Teamsters, and Guild workers wouldn't cross the picket lines until their Union Brothers were heard. Now if Apple infringed on a Verizon Patent how would they feel if Samsung backed Apple in ripping off Verizon. Labor Unions were formed originally to combat the selfish attitudes of owners and management now that they have been neutered by governments selfishness and greed is again the Mantra of the Corporate World.
As was stated earlier Verizon should have played Switzerland and remained neutral. Apple has spent years and Million of $ developing a very friendly user interface and to have a company so blatantly mimic the look and feel should be
unconscionable. It not even causing a twinge of guilt brings into being the integrity of the infringing company. Segments of the Asian Theater are notorious for cloning another designers IP and then selling it on the world market to the detriment of the original designers product (Clothes, Appliances, Automobiles, Cosmetics, etc). And for these agencies (ITC,FTC) to take over a year to hear and act on these time sensitive issues is also a travesty by the time the case is heard new products have been introduced and the issues at complaint are already outdated. It's like in the time of war bringing the firing on a particular target before congress for approval before pressing the fire button.