A US judge has approved an Apple request to ban antagonistic comments made by former boss Steve Jobs about the Android operating system (OS) from an upcoming Samsung/Apple patent infringement case.
According to Reuters, Judge Lucy Koh has granted Apple's request based on her view that Steve Jobs' opinions are not pertinent to the case.
Samsung had argued that Jobs vow to go "thermonuclear war" on Android was evidence that Apple would do all it could to kill off the mobile phone OS. Apple is currently in court with Samsung on claims that the Galaxy Tab manufacturer infringed on Apple's design patents.
In the 2011 Jobs biography the Apple founder said that he would stop at nothing to take down Android.
"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40bn in the bank to right this wrong," Jobs said in his biography.
"I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
Samsung had hoped to use Jobs quote to prove that Apple's only interest in the patent design suit was to weaken Android's mobile market share. Apple countered by arguing that Jobs words were irrelevant to the current case. Judge Koh agreed with Apple's stance.
"I really don't think this is a trial about Steve Jobs," Koh said during a preliminary hearing for the case.