Florian Mueller with yet another excellent analysis — this time why Samsung’s attempt to ban the iPhone 4S is bad for everyone. Specifically that it would seem Samsung is jumping the gun, seeking to shut something down without even asking for licensing fees first. In his penultimate paragraph Mueller wonders:

Why aren’t those carriers, whose business fundamentally depends on the undisrupted functioning of industry standards, up in arms when Samsung uses communications standards patents against Apple?

He is of course referring to this: “Verizon and T-Mobile filed amicus curiae (“friend-of-the-court”) briefs in support of Samsung in California”. The question then becomes: are Verizon and T-Mobile hypocrites?

Time to pop some popcorn.1


  1. Yes, Shawn, in the microwave.