It’s no secret that Steve Jobs planned on going thermonuclear on Android, considering the comments he made in Walter Isaacson’s biography. Contrary to a previous ruling in another court, Judge Koh approved Apple’s request to keep any negative comments made by Jobs about Android out of the upcoming patent trial between Apple and Samsung.
The war between Apple and Samsung has been going on for some time as the world’s two leading consumer electronic companies battle for the top spot. Legal battles between the two companies are going on in a number of countries, accusing each other of violating patents.
Before his passing, Jobs made a number of comments to Isaacson, who was writing a biography of Jobs’ life, about his thoughts on Android. He said:
[quote]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.[/quote]
Despite Samsung’s pleas to allow comments like this in court, Judge Koh has decided against it, stating “I really don’t think this is a trial about Steve Jobs.” Samsung felt, though, that the comments against Android by Jobs spoke 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.”
This must be quite a disappointment for Samsung, as federal judge Richard Posner said Jobs’ comments would be allowed in a court case between Apple and Google’s Motorola Mobility. Fortunately for Apple, though, Posner dismissed the case before the trial as neither side could prove damages.
Koh also decided that, with some stipulations, Apple’s operations in China could be discussed and evidence of Samsung’s taxes pain in the U.S. could also be discussed.