Here at Android Headlines we’re not members of the BAR but, that doesn’t mean we’re not clued up on such matters. We’ve been following along the whole Patent Wars saga for a long while and I think we will be for a long time to come as Apple really don’t seem to be letting up. There’s a new plot twist in the whole affair now and once again it comes at the hands of the mis-guided Judge Lucy Koh.
Before Steve Jobs passed away he had Walter Isaacson write the hit biography “Steve Jobs” now, to us that doesn’t really interest all that much but, in the book there is a direct quote from Jobs himself expressing blood lust against Android as a whole, along side Jobs’ willingness to do whatever it takes to stop Android from succeeding and even wipe it out fully. Jobs goes into detail by stating “I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank to right this wrong” and that he was willing to “go thermonuclear war” as well as stating that “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”.
Samsung were looking to use these sorts of quotes in the case Apple brought to the table surrounding the Galaxy Tab 10.1, in order to demonstrate Apple’s bias and improper motives. Of course, you and I can totally see the relevance here, the man that ran the company for so many years, who was at the company at the time of these patents, wanted Android wiped out. No mention of patent litigation or injunctions, Jobs violently wanted the platform destroyed. Quite frankly, if those quotes don’t suggest an anti-competitive no, an anti-american type of company then I don’t know what does.
Judge Koh however, has dismissed Samsung’s use of these quotes stating that “this is not a trial about Steve Jobs”. Koh can certainly state the obvious but, she hasn’t grasped the concept fully, Jobs has left behind this culture of anti-competitiveness behind at Apple and shaped the company for so many years, in many ways, anything that Jobs says is Apple. Frankly, the quotes should have been presented to jurors, if not solely to show Apple aren’t interested in righting patent infringement but, more interested in being the only player in the mobile game.