Steve Jobs’s “thermonuclear war” comments stricken from Apple-Samsung lawsuit

by: Chris SmithJuly 19, 2012
4 36 10

One of the most interesting patent-based lawsuits in the mobile world is set to kick off on July 30 between Apple and Samsung – the U.S. engagement. The two giants are suing and countersuing each other in various such cases that are spread over four continents, in 10 countries. Apple has already scored a garden-variety of pre-trial victories against Samsung both in the U.S. and in other markets, with the most recent ones being obtained in the States: two ban sales on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and Galaxy Nexus smartphone, each found to be infringing Apple tech.

Samsung lost the almost immediate appeals, although it managed to stay the Galaxy Nexus injunction in a second appeal.

Now Reuters reports that the judge presiding over the case – the same judge that awarded the injunctions – has decided not to allow Steve Jobs’s famous comments about Android to be used in court, as Samsung would have wanted.

In case you’re not aware of what Apple’s late leader said about Android, here’s a quick reminder:

“Our lawsuit is saying, ‘Google you fucking ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off.”

“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. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product.”

“I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

These remarks were made by Jobs to Walter Isaacson, his official biographer, and can be found in the “Steve Jobs” biography.

Samsung wanted to be able to use these quotes as arguments that speak “to Apple’s bias, improper motives and its lack of belief in its own claims in that they are a means to an end, namely the destruction of Android.”

Whether Samsung is right or wrong to want to include these statements in the trial, at the end of the day the fact still remains that Apple is accusing the South Korean company of also copying the design of its iPhone and iPad, which aren’t really Android features.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh decided not to allow the comments, as she thought this isn’t a trial about Jobs. Her ruling is contrary to judge Richard Posner’s decision on the same matter, who allowed the same remarks in the Apple vs Google-Motorola trial – eventually the trial was dismissed with prejudice a few weeks ago.

On a totally different but related note, I will say that, no matter what you think of the comments above or Apple’s whole attitude towards patent litigation, without Steve Jobs and his intuition regarding the future of the mobile business, Android would have probably not been what it is today. Care to disagree?

  • Downtoearth2

    Who invented the cellphone technology?without motorola there wouldn“t be iphone either.

    • skynet11

      …and without Alexander Graham Bell there wouldn’t be a Motorola OR the iPhone :P

  • Emil Johansson

    I think jobs was a freaking hypocrite of massive proportions. As if he didn’t “steal” anything

  • Peterson Silva

    I think the technology market is too fucked up. Human beings are collaborative. We take clues from each other, directly or indirectly, and we build our knowledge together. Nobody is, alone, responsible for an invention. Somebody might be incredibly outstanding and do some work which is fundamental, but he/she will still have to be on the shoulders of others, giants or not…

    On the other hand, patents protect people who came up with these parts of the work, or at least had the guts to implement something already might have thought of. But then again, if nobody is allowed to build on that, only monopolies would grow out of this mess – oh yeah, patents can be paid for. But for all it takes to build a phone, smartphones would be too expensive to build if you’re not the one holding the patents. Well, I don’t know. I’m probably wrong.

  • Steve Wozniak

    “On a totally different but related note, I will say that, no matter what you think of the comments above or Apple’s whole attitude towards patent litigation, without Steve Jobs and his intuition regarding the future of the mobile business, Android would have probably not been what it is today. Care to disagree?”

    I can agree with that. While Apple was not first with touchscreen phones and we’re not the first to have smartphones with advanced features, they were the ones that shook the smartphone industry and have helped make it what it is today. While I believe that Android is superior, I cannot disagree with yout statement. Obviously, when a hot-selling product enters the market, other companies will attempt to get a “piece of the pie.” Apple started it, but Google is perfecting it.

    • John Markton Olarte

      absolutely hey wait steve wozniak is the co-founder of apple that uses android devices LOL but I think you’re not the right guy….

  • Deep Link

    Imagine if one race runner wants to destroy another because he’s using legs to run. And, he was winning when he made that decision to destroy other racer.

  • Julian Obeid

    Everyone Should Know That Apple Is The Leading Model Of Electronics In The World. Steve Jobs Is A Great Inspiration To The Company Itself And Everyone Around The Globe. Without Steve Jobs Leadership In The Leading Model Of Technology Their Couldn’t Have Existed Samsung’s Galaxy And Sony’s Xperia Smartphones, Nor Any Other Android Or Other Non-IOS And Android Smartphones. So Android Fans Go Fuck Yourselves Because You’ve Just Been Terminated!

    • Guest

      So we’re only allowed to have iphones, and what your steve jobs would have wanted?

      • Julian Obeid

        He Would Have Wanted Us To Have The No.1 Best-In Class Smartphone In The World, Namely The iPhone. Because Reaching Out For The Best Was And Is His Aiming Goal. He Had A Dream That Started With A Small Business Behind A Small Garage, And He Continued To Develop It Till It Reached Worldwide; A Record No One Would Have Guessed Entirely True.

  • Cromwell Albarracin

    Apple is only doing this because it is scared to be over runned by Android in the future.

  • anonymous

    You know what, fuck you! Apple is a motherfu*king piece of sh*t. It would be fair for that shit to die…