Judge says Steve Jobs’ anti-Android remarks not admissible during trial

Thu, Jul 19, 2012

Legal, News

With Apple and Samsung gearing up for trial in just two weeks, there’s a whole lot of activity going on as both companies try to angle for advantages.

Recently, Apple was able to successfully preclude Samsung from bringing up Jobs’ famous anti-Android quote where he vowed to go thermonuclear and destroy Android even if it meant spending every last penny in Apple’s coffers.

Looking to introduce Jobs’ sentiment at trial, Samsung argued that it “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.”

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, however, sided with Apple and said that Jobs’ statement was irrelevant to the proceedings at hand.

“I really don’t think this is a trial about Steve Jobs,” Koh added.

The Jobs statements at issue were of course revealed in Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography which was released in November 2011, shortly after Jobs’ death.

Not one to mince words, Jobs’ full quote reads: “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.”

via Reuters


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