updated 11:00 am EDT, Tue May 1, 2012
Steve Jobs' anti-Android views could influence court
Both Apple and Samsung have issued a series of demands for their potential court trial in the Northern District of California, according to FOSS Patents. Apple's filing makes several requests, for instance requiring Samsung displays in the courtroom to have their logos covered up. The company is also demanding a block on any quotes from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs found in the biography by Walter Isaacson. Jobs infamously went on a rant about Android when interviewed, saying he was ready to "go to thermonuclear war" to "destroy" the platform. He considered the Android OS "stolen" from Apple, which may explain the numerous anti-Android lawsuits the company has become involved in, including ones against Samsung.
The company is also insisting that "any reference to working conditions in China" be omitted from trial. Apple has sometimes been criticized for failing to put pressure on Chinese suppliers like Foxconn, which have been accused of offenses like underpaying and overworking its employees while maintaining questionable safety. While the situation may be improving, and its relevance to a patent trial is debatable, Apple likely wants to keep any and all negative publicity out of court.
Samsung's requests include the omission of any "Apple related blogs, and articles by non-expert newspaper reporters" that might involve Apple or Samsung products. The company is also hoping to strike comments by Henry Urbach, who has testified about Apple's cultural significance, and ones by Sanjay Sood, Apple's expert on consumer decision making.
A trial is technically scheduled to begin on July 30th, but the CEOs of both Apple and Samsung are scheduled to meet later this month in order to discuss a possible settlement. Both companies likely want to avoid the time and expense of a trial, although they have already been engaged in legal warfare for over a year.