For the upcoming patent trial against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, a U. S. judge approved Apple Inc’s request to bar disparaging statements by Steve Jobs about Google’s Android operating system, on Wednesday. The two electronic corporation giants are waging a legal war accusing each other of patent violations in this vast growing market for mobile devices.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs made a number of statements in his biography before he died last year about the company’s intellectual property saying he was willing to go “thermonuclear” to “destroy” Google’s operating system. In the legal battle between Apple and Samsung as the latter’s phones and tablets run on the Google developed operating system Android. Samsun in the court argued, pointing that the thermonuclear quote “speaks of Apple’s bias, improper motives and its lack of belief in its own claims in that they are means to an end, namely the destruction of Android.”
However, Apple’s argument in the court was that Jobs’ quotes are an irrelevant distraction and asked to exempt them from trial. At a hearing at the California federal court in San Jose on Wednesday, Lucy Koh, U. S. District Judge said Jobs’ statements were not relevant, "I really don't think this is a trial about Steve Jobs," she said.
Samsung was sued by Apple last year on claims that the South Korean company copies iPhone and iPad designs.