T-Mobile takes Samsung’s corner in patent fight with Apple

T-Mobile USA has issued a statement in support of Samsung in the phone maker’s ongoing legal battles with Apple. T-Mobile said any court actions taken against Samsung preventing the South Korea-based company from selling its devices in the United States would “unnecessarily harm” the carrier. Specifically, T-Mobile is worried that a potential injunction could have an ill effect on holiday sales. “At this late date, T-Mobile could not find comparable replacement products for the 2011 holiday season,” T-Mobile said, according to Reuters. The carrier will begin to offer Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S II smartphone beginning on October 10th and has big marketing plans for that device and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. “While T-Mobile respects intellectual property rights and believes that owners of intellectual property deserve the right to present their arguments and evidence of infringement in court, a preliminary injunction is a drastic and extraordinary measure, and the courts should pay particular attention to its public consequences,” T-Mobile explained in a statement obtained by AllThingsD. Verizon Wireless took a similar stance on Wednesday when it said said an injunction against Samsung would “harm Verizon Wireless and U.S. customers.”

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