A United States federal judge has rejected Apple's request to ban several fiery Steve Jobs quotes from being used in the upcoming patent trial between Apple and Google's Motorola Mobility Unit, Reuters reported.
The late Apple CEO candidly expressed his view of the patent litigation with biographer Walter Isaacson. "Our lawsuit is saying, 'Google, you f**king ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off,'" Jobs told Isaacson. "Grand theft." A heated Jobs added: "I'm willing to go to thermonuclear war on this."
In a court filing last month, Apple's lawyers asked to have any reference to the book kept out of the upcoming patent trial, "to avoid any potential prejudice to Apple if Motorola attempts to use the book to appeal to the jury's passion." In a brief order filed last week, Chicago federal judge Richard Posner, who is presiding over the case, rejected Apple's request without explanation.
An Apple spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday. A Motorola Mobility spokeswoman said, "The order speaks for itself. We do not have any comment beyond that."
While jurors in the Apple-Motorola trial will likely hear Jobs's take on the issue, they probably won't be hearing about any pro-Apple sentiments. In a separate order on Thursday, the judge banned Apple from arguing that jurors should favor Apple over Motorola if they admire Jobs, or like Apple products, according to Reuters. "I forbid Apple to insinuate to the jury that this case is a popularity contest," Posner wrote.
The patent trial between Apple and Motorola is set to begin in Chicago later this month. Meanwhile, Apple said it will ask a California federal judge to keep Isaacson's book out of a separate parent trail against Samsung, set to begin in July.