You would think that Apple would be the company requesting permission to use quotes from the late Steve Jobs as a means to sway jurors in deciding the ultimate fate of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, but it’s the other way around. Samsung was hoping Judge Lucy Koh would find certain infamous quotes from Jobs’ biography permissible in hearings regarding the claims that their own tablet infringes on design rights granted to Apple’s iPad.
Specifically, Samsung was hoping to use Jobs’ aggressive stance shown in statements such as “I am going to destory Android…I’m willing to go thermonuclear war” and “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” to illustrate “Apple’s bias” and “improper motives.” Koh denied the company’s request, saying this case is not “a trial about Steve Jobs.”
Judge Koh has already ordered a temporary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 pending the results of hearings to determine whether or not Samsung in fact infringed upon Apple’s rights. The trial is set to begin in San Jose, CA at the end of the month.