Steve Jobs Android comments barred from Apple-Samsung trial

Steve Jobs Android comments barred from Apple-Samsung trial

Summary: The late co-founder's anti-Android sentiments have been deemed irrelevant by a U.S. District court judge.

TOPICS: Apple, Samsung

A U.S. District Court judge on Wednesday approved a request to prevent statements regarding Google's Android OS made by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the upcoming patent trial of Apple Inc. against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.


Reuters reports that Apple wished to keep anti-Android statements made by the late co-founder out of the courtroom; arguing that the sentiments were not relevant to the patent case at hand.

The statements Apple requested exclusion for were attributed to Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and can be found in his biography. The comments were made during interviews, where Jobs told his biographer:

"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong, I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

Samsung's phones and tablet products run on Google's Android operating system.

Samsung argued that the quote "speaks to Apple's bias, improper motives and its lack of belief in its own claims in that they are a means to an end, namely the destruction of Android."

However, Apple argued that the quotes are simply a distraction and irrelevant to the case.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh was inclined to agree, ruling that the sentiments made by Jobs are barred at a hearing in San Jose, California on Wednesday.

"I really don't think this is a trial about Steve Jobs." Koh said.

Apple and Samsung are taking their skirmish across several countries, and both electronics corporations are accusing each other of patent violations. Apple claims the South-Korean company Samsung copied its designs for the iPhone and iPad, whereas Samsung denies these claims and counter-sued in return.

The trial is due to begin on July 30.

Image credit: CNET

Topics: Apple, Samsung

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  • visionary and legendary

    The legendary and visionary leader wanted to keep all the visions inside a single company. One vision was to end the other company. We should also remember him as the visionary leader that invented the legendary patent wars.
  • Lucy Koh is incompetent

    This is completely relevant. Seems like Lucy Koh is incapable of presiding over this case. In any case her decisions and lack of ability to conduct a proper trial of this matter will be brought about in an appeal by Samsung to a higher court.
  • a distraction and irrelevant to the case????

    Seems to be pretty relevant. It sounds very much like a personal vendetta.
    Just like his famous 'shameless about stealing great ideas' one is relevant in other cases.

    I do find it hilarious that a company that uses open source at the base of Mac OS X ( a version of BSD based on NetBSD and FreeBSD but incorporating some specific elements) speaks of stealing.
    What they do is not stealing of course because the BSD license allows you to take the work of others, use it and not have to given anything back. But its still using someone else work and Jobs never had problems with that.

    Apple (also like Job's previous NeXT) used the venerable GCC compiler and 'adopted' KDE’s browser engine (now known as Webkit) for Safari (that saga is another sad example of how Apple is incapable of collaborating with others even though they benefited). You can add BSD libraries and tools and tons of other works like Samba that reverse engineered the SMB/CIFS protocol and related protocols (that permit computers to join Microsoft local networks) that where done by others that it had no qualms using the work of others.
    Lots and lots of open source is used by Apple. Lots of ideas created by others.

    Android consists of Linux kernel, some libraries, a Java platform and some applications.
    Im not sure exactly what Jobs was jabbering about about being stolen.

    We all know that Microsoft claims of 215 patent violation are bogus and serve to pressure Android sellers to pay MS for using Android and taking its cut based on fear. You know, the way the mafia extorts people: "it would be shame if something was to happen to your store. Pay us and we wil lmake sure nothign happens."
    MS never has to say which 215 because extortion doesnt demand them to back it up by going to court. So companies like Samsung just pay them off to avoid the hassle.

    But does anyone know which specific parts of Android Jobs thought is stealing from him?
    is it the UI?
  • I bet Lucy Koh has an iphone

    Look into it ;)