Steve Jobs’ Quotes Against Android Allowed At Motorola/Apple Trial

By now we’ve all heard what the late Steve Jobs had to say about Android. Specifically, these two quotes from Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography:

  • “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.”

In the upcoming trial between Apple and Motorola over a series of alleged smartphone patent violations, Apple lawyers had requested that these quotes, and any others from his biography, be excluded from testimony. On Thursday, federal Judge Richard Posner refused Apple’s request without explanation.

On Friday, the judge had this to say:

“More broadly, I forbid Apple to insinuate to the jury that this case is a popularity contest and jurors should be predisposed to render a verdict for Apple if they like Apple products or the Apple company or admire Steve Jobs, or if they dislike Motorola or Google.”

In other words, Posner is essentially saying that Apple should not try to influence jurors based on sentimentality over the late Steve Jobs, his popularity, or Apple’s.

The trial begins June 11 in the U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois.

source: gigaom

 

 


About the Author: Ed Caggiani

Originally from the East Coast, Ed now makes his home in San Jose, California. His passion for technology started with his first ColecoVision and Atari gaming systems, and has grown stronger through Tandy computers, IBM clones, Palm Pilots, and PocketPCs. Ed's love for Android began with his first HTC Hero, then blossomed with the original Evo 4G, and now the Evo 3D and Motorola Xoom. He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Communications, and is now a professional User Experience Designer working in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, Ed enjoys video games, jamming on guitar, and spending time with his wife, two cats, and Logitech Revue.


  • Eug3n91

    I think that’s a fair request… Apple lawyers were obviously trying to create a sentimental context, favoyrable to them and this isn’t a popularity contest :D

    • steve borsuk

      that’s right

  • Breambeem

    Ohh this successful person and company is so hateful.

  • steve borsuk

    correct
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  • steve borsuk

    really

  • steve borsuk

    can’t be

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  • steve borsuk

    sure

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  • steve borsuk

    cant be!!!!!!

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  • steve borsuk

    sup??????
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