On Wednesday, during the course of a hearing in the Apple/Samsung patent-infringement lawsuit in a California federal court, US District Judge Lucy Koh said that the supposedly disparaging statements made by Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs were not relevant for the upcoming trial.
Judge Koh granted Apple the request for barring the disapproving statements made by Steve Jobs about Google's Android operating system from the forthcoming patent trial - scheduled to commence on July 30 - against Samsung Electronics.
The disparaging statements which late Steve Jobs about Android OS came before his demise in October last year. It was during a conversation with his biographer that Jobs made several anti-Android statements, in which he even said that he was willing to go "thermonuclear" to "destroy" Google's Android OS.
Samsung - in its attempt to introduce Jobs' statements in court - drew attention to Job's thermonuclear quote, saying that it "speaks 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."
However, with Apple arguing in a court filing that the statements made by Jobs were an inadmissible distraction, and requested the court to bar those remarks from the trial, Judge koh said: "I really don't think this is a trial about Steve Jobs."