As Apple seeks to win an appeal on Judge Lucy Koh’s decision not to grant a permanent injunction against certain Samsung devices, a one-time enemy has taken to the Cupertino company’s corner. Nokia has filed a brief in support of Apple’s appeal, saying a failure to ban Samsung smartphones “could cause wide-ranging damage to the United States patent protection landscape.”
Koh’s decision to not grant an injunction was based on Apple’s inability to link the use of certain patented Apple technologies with an increased demand for smartphones utilizing them. Nokia is framing their support in light of protecting the rights of patent holders, though it you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out that the move is yet another attack on industry leader Samsung.
Apple is looking to fast track their appeal though it appears the court is settled on not complying. The case will first go to a panel of three judges before it has a chance to be presented before a full court.