Judge allows Motorola to use Steve Jobs' quotes vowing Android's destruction

Judge allows Motorola to use Steve Jobs' quotes vowing Android's destruction
Later this month, Apple will be squaring off in court against Google's wholly owned Motorola Mobility subsidiary. The case revolves around alleged smartphone patent infringements and on Thursday, presiding Federal Judge Richard Posner made some preliminary rulings against the Cupertino based tech titan. The Judge ruled against Apple's request not to allow Motorola Mobility to use in court, quotes from the late Steve Jobs. Apparently, Motorola's attorneys are planning on putting on record quotes attributed to the late Apple co-founder that were published in Walter Isaacson's biography, Steve Jobs.

Motorola wants to show the jury that Steve Jobs was willing to use everything he had to destroy Android. Among the quotes in Isaacon's book are, "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," and, "I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this." The case, in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, is Apple Inc. And NeXT Software Inc. V. Motorola Inc. and Motorola Mobility Inc., 11-cv-8540.

On Thursday, the Judge turned town Apple's request without explanation and that was followed Friday with a ruling from Judge Posner that Apple will not be allowed to argue to the jury that it should be "predisposed" to favor Apple over Motorola if it likes Apple's products or "admires" Steve Jobs. Posner wrote in his order, "I forbid Apple to insinuate to the jury that this case is a popularity contest." Despite its failure to keep the ghost of Steve Jobs out of the case against Motorola, Apple will ask a California Court to block Samsung attorneys from using the passages in a separate case going to trial next month.

source: Reuters via Phandroid



1. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

This somehow pops out of nowhere ?

2. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

actually i do believe that google has been copying and steve is right on his quote, yea yea just thumb down you android fanboys

3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

and even if apple lost this case it dosent mean this is wrong it just means.......

73. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

you're the worst troll next to taco50

8. rcwfox2002

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

You do know Apple written with c# which was stolen right? Android OS is free open source. #fact check

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Talking about the facts, two tips: 1) Apple is a company not OS, that's mean it can't be writen in any programing language. 2) iOS wasn't writen in C#.

58. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

Lol Apple is written in C# ? Lies lies, prove the IQ of fandroid is just as low as a beast.

80. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2525; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Well actually, you can see that Apple's iOS5 stole some pretty big features from Android: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-ios-5-copied-android-2011-6#notifications-appear-at-a-bar-at-the-top-1 http://www.androidauthority.com/is-ios-5-a-fake-top-5-features-copied-from-android-25044/ Also, Apple just recently patented a stylus device to be used on one of their future devices like the S-Pen. They obviously are seeing that Samsung created a popular device with the Galaxy Note. So, if you look at Apple today, are you really seeing innovation and creativity or just trying to follow along with the rest of the pack? Oh and not to mention that there have been several rumors that the next iPhone would have a 4 inch screen. Where is the Steve Jobs quote that says it's ludicrous to have a screen that big? I guess phone manufacturers that used Android were just out of their minds when they made such big screens, right?

90. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Htc had this pen technology before Samsung in their Flyer Tablet which was called Scribe Pen !!

4. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Another great reason to dislike Apple and iBj, playing favorites huh? Hat off to judge Posner. Gotta love this guy

59. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Yes....every one should know that Apple is complete ill an rotten company...how anyone can bear these facts and still buy their products??https://sites.google com/site/corpsins/

81. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The latest ruling is a perfect example of why you don't piss off the trial judge.

88. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

really? gotta love this guy? this is the same judge that everyone was criticizing because he "couldnt understand the technology" when apple had an advantage… but now that he upholds the law in motorolas favor (and personally i think this is quite trivial) hes suddenly loved by everyone eh?

5. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

That means the Judge is also going acknowledge the view that android stole from Apple. I think that is fair.

74. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

judge don't know shyt. he gets paid by APPLE to ban Android device just like in every other country. STOP SAYING ANDROID copies from Apple.

95. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Do you understand that Android DID COPY from Apple? The guy that invented Android used to work for Apple and took ideas that Apple was working with, left Apple, and used them to make Android. THIS IS A FACT! I'm not putting down Google... I own a Galaxy S2 and prefer the Android OS. But facts are facts and you can't pretend it never happened just because you don't like Apple. I personally don't like Apple either, but i recognize the fact that android was born from Apple ideas and that Samsung blatantly copied Apples' designs, down to the shape and placement of ports on the devices.

6. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

I hate to sound insensitive, but Jobs has passed on...and Android is still here. Being serious, though, I am not trying to say that Jobs' words are vain and senseless, but the fact that he vowed to destroy Android shows he was not willing to accept any competition, especially if they use ideas that Apple either came up with or claims to have come up with. It's just all part of one big, messy, never-ending battle between Google and Apple, and it's going to just get messier as time goes by.

56. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

Yeah so true, Steve jobs quote will simply backfire Moto since Android indeed stole things. Anything within Google's control is just stupid.

107. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

you don't mind Apple steals eg status bar and almost all the "new" features since iOS4?? just watch the newest features in iOS....just a form what's in Android many years..... Apple adds his own maps, Siri (almost unused by buyers) is just an evolution of voice commands, update without PC, over air sync, ... and the question is "when apple copies widgets?" without them it is still a toy (I know, you dont need that, even 16:9 you hate but love with iPhone 5 :-D )

7. phnrpt

Posts: 23; Member since: May 28, 2012

US DOJ has already charged Apple for price fixing of the eBook. That’s far not enough. Apple’s role is at least conspiracy with AT&T. Apple also benefits from prevent positive competition with Samsung. The victims are us, people, and the consumers from US. We cannot expect Verizon, Sprint or T mobile to bring AT&T to court for monopoly because that never happened for the last five years. We don’t know why these big three companies allow AT&T the screw around. But we do know that we, the consumers from US are the true victims. People from Europe, Asia or Africa enjoyed “Samsung galaxy S2” five months earlier than US people did. “Samsung galaxy note” is another three months earlier, even as today, the other big three US carriers still can’t announce for the galaxy note release. All the first four Major carriers in UK are already selling galaxy note. We, the US consumers are being ignored and discriminated by the arrogant AT&T and Apple Inc. we need US DOJ to protect the US consumers’ rights.

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Samsung phones are always released in the US last. Has nothing to do with Apple.

48. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i did the impossible and thumbed you up taco. For once your comment was fair and square and correct. Apple has nothing to do with the delay from the US getting smartphones. You can blame the carriers for that for always wanting to monkey around with the phones internally and externally. They also put them through their own individual "quality check' process which takes time, and constantly send units back to manufacturers to add more bloatware in. Apple has a contractual deal to get past much of that malarky. Thats one thing that apple does that I wish the others would do. Put the carriers back into place.

72. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

APPLE ALREADY have ban HTC phones ONE X and EVO LTE which is unfair to us the consumer who spend our hard earn money to buy the phone.

42. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile don't have the DROID line of phones. Should we have them go to court for having one model the other companies don't? T-Mobile had the G1 before other carriers even considered offering an Android phone; should they be taken to court because they jumped at an opportunity for exclusive rights to a product? Verizon was the exclusive carrier of the Blackberry Storm series, should the other carriers have sued them for that? T-Mobile was the first carrier with a Nokia Windows Phone; should people on Verizon and Sprint sue them because they want it? AT&T is currently the exclusive carrier of the Nokia Lumia 900 in the U.S., but it's not a conspiracy, as AT&T is working with Microsoft and Nokia to spread the word about the new product and brand resurgence. As a large carrier, AT&T has the capability (as do the other 3 major carriers) to negotiate with the phone manufacturers to create a certain device with certain capabilities, and, in sharing with the development, cost, distribution, and advertising, makes it their own for either a limited time of indefinitely, which benefits the carrier for offering a unique product its competitors don't have, the OEM for having a dedicated outlet for its product, and the consumer for the OEM and carrier working together to try to improve their experience and loyalty. It's called competition, and it's applicable in almost every facet of our materialistic consumerism-driven ways of life and has grown subconciously into our mentalities. Just as Ford's vehicles are exclusively offering Microsoft Sync, or GMs are the only ones that can come with OnStar factory installed, or when you see a certain brand of food being sold at a sporting event (I think Hunter is the exclusive hot dog sold at Major League Baseball games, for instance), or how you can only get Coca-Cola products at Six Flags theme parks and Live Nation/Ticketmaster venues. If you don't like that you can't get something somewhere in an easy way, then bite the metaphorical bullet and find the harder or more expensive way of accomplishing your goals. If you wanted an iphone so badly on a different network, then you had the opportunity to buy one without a contract and without a carrier, hack it to unlock it (or buy an international version), then find a GSM carrier that would be compatible for it. If you want to drink Pepsi or Dr. Pepper at Six Flags or at a Live Nation concert, bring in a bottle yourself. If none of those options are worthwhile, then quit complaining and suck it up; life moves on, and there's bound to be something that satisfies your selfish requirements, while, granted, not being exactly what you want. It's a phone/soda/whatever, it's not the end of the world or something that is life-threatening without it. If all else fails, you can try to find a way to change the system or make your own contribution to it instead of just complaining about what is essentially a non-issue

67. thelegend6657 unregistered

Stop complaining and buy unlocked

69. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

AT&T also had an exclusive contract with apple to sell the iphone.

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, i like this judge so far. I don't think there is any reason not to include Jobs's quotes, because they're quite revealing about Apple's motivations for gong after Android manufacturers. Can't wait for the Motorola lawsuit against Apple to finally go to court here in the US. Apple bit off more than it can chew.

11. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Of course you think this is fair lol

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, do you disagree?

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I think his personal opinion has no bearing on the facts, however I don't really care.

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