stevejobs bio Judge denies Apple request to bar Steve Jobs quotes in Motorola trial

A judge has refused Apple's request to prevent quotations from its co-founder and former CEO, the late Steve Jobs, to be used in the trial against Motorola Mobility.

A judge has refused Apple's request to prevent quotations from its co-founder and former CEO, the late Steve Jobs, to be used in the trial against Motorola Mobility.

 
Select comments by Jobs featured in Walter Isaacson's biography of the man can be utilised by Motorola, which is now owned by Google, as part of its defence after Apple failed to secure a ban on them.
 
The passages include the following revealing statement by Jobs: “Our lawsuit is saying, 'Google, you fucking ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off.' Grand theft. I'm willing to go to thermonuclear war on this.”
 
stevejobs bio Judge denies Apple request to bar Steve Jobs quotes in Motorola trial
 
Apple clearly views Jobs' remarks as a potential hurdle to winning the case. In its filing it said: “To avoid any potential prejudice to Apple if Motorola attempts to use the book to appeal to the jury's passion, Apple asks that the court prevent any reference to the Jobs book during the trial.”
 
The judge, Richard Posner, denied the request, providing no explanation for his decision. Apple is attempting to remove the book as evidence from its case against Samsung also, but the judge's decision in this trial may affect that one.
 
Apple also suffered another setback late last week when Judge Posner ordered that Apple must not insinuate that the case should be a popularity contest between the companies and their products, particularly given how well-liked Apple products generally are. This obviously has no bearing on whether or not Motorola allegedly infringed Apple's patents.
 
The case goes to court later this month.
 
Source: Reuters