FORTUNE -- Following its $1.05 billion patent infringement victory last summer, Apple (AAPL) appealed the district court judge's decision not to ban the sale of the Samsung devices that the jury determined had infringed multiple Apple patents.
Google (GOOG) and several other companies now want to file an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief to the appeals court in support of Samsung.
As Apple points out in its reply, filed Tuesday, Google is hardly a disinterested party:
The lead party on the brief, Google, Inc., admittedly has a direct interest in the outcome of this appeal. As the motion explains, Google is the developer of the Android operating system running on the Samsung smartphones that Apple seeks to enjoin in this case. That interest conflicts with the traditional role of an amicus as "an impartial friend of the court -- not an adversary party in interest in the litigation." United States v. Michigan, 940 F.2d 143, 165 (6th Cir. 1991) (emphasis in original)
Indeed, when amici have such a stake in the outcome of the case, courts have denied them leave to participate to prevent "an end run around court-imposed limitations on the length of parties' briefs."
Note to editor: Not all patents are the same.
FORTUNE -- Under the headline Samsung-Apple Patent Fight: Is It Worth It?, Wednesday's Wall Street Journal takes a long look at three years of smartphone litigation and concludes that the answer is no.
"A string of rulings in big cases has left litigants with little to show for all the trouble," writes the Journal's Ashby Jones in the "nut" paragraph that states the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 8, 2013 7:45 AM ET
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