Before his passing, it was expected that Steve Jobs would take the stand in the lawsuits between Apple and Samsung and despite his passing away, it was thought that Jobs’ words to an author and biographer would be used in the court proceeding, however they were deemed inadmissible by a judge.
A United States District Court Judge, Lucy Koh has conceded Apple’s request to ban denigrating remarks that the late CEO of Apple Inc had made about Google’s Android OS. These comments are reported in Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson in which the visionary behind Apple had alleged that Android is a stolen product and that he was willing to go to any extent to destroy it. He had used the words “thermonuclear war” in his statements regarding destroying the Android OS.
Jobs was apparently very adamant about his views on the Android OS and strongly believed that it was a stolen product, probably from his own company. He is known to have made statements to the tune of using the entire cash reserves of Apple, amounting to $40 billion to destroy the Android OS and correct the mistake that it is.
Samsung had said that Jobs’ comments about Android and his desire to destroy it reflected Apple’s nature of being biased and that it had wrong motives in seeking a ban on Samsung products. The company went on to say that Apple is seeking every means possible to destroy the Android OS. However, the judge ruled in favor of Apple citing that the comments were irrelevant and also said that the trial was not about Steve Jobs. However, this ruling contradicts one that was made in a Chicago Federal Court, where a judge ruled in June that the comments were indeed relevant. The outcome was different because the case was dismissed before it went to trial.
This latest judgment is one among several pretrial lawsuits that have popped up before the actual patent trial that is set to begin on July 30. The legal battle had started in 2011 when Apple filed claims that Samsung copied the “look and feel” of its tablet and smartphone devices. Samsung had filed several counterclaims in quick succession as well. Judge Koh may have struck down the comments of Steve Jobs but said that Apple’s working operations in China can be included in court proceedings without focusing on human rights issues.