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Judge to bar Jobs's disparaging statements about Android

No matter what Steve Jobs has said about Android, it shouldn't influence the upcoming patent showdown between Apple and Samsung in U.S. courts, a judge ruled on July 18.

District Judge Lucy Koh ruled in favor of Apple regarding this request, Reuters reports. Samsung wanted the use of Jobs' quotes approved, saying it proved Apple's bias. Apple wanted them thrown out, claiming they would be a distraction. Koh agreed with Apple on this.

"I really don't think this is a trial about Steve Jobs," Koh said.

A ruling keeping Jobs' quotes was made in June in the case between Apple and Google's Motorola Mobility unit. That trial wound up being dismissed days after the ruling took place. At the time, federal judge Richard Posner didn't offer an explanation as to why he turned down Apple's request to keep Jobs' quotes out of court.

Koh also ruled that Apple's operations in China and Samsung's taxes can be discussed during the trial, which is scheduled to begin July 30.

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