“Apple co-founder Steve Jobs threatened to file a patent lawsuit against Palm if that company’s chief executive didn’t agree to refrain from poaching Apple employees, according to a court filing made public on Tuesday,” Dan Levine reports for Reuters. “The communication from Jobs surfaced in a civil lawsuit brought by five tech workers against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Corp and others, alleging an illegal conspiracy to eliminate competition for each other’s employees and drive down wages.”
“The defendant tech companies have attempted to keep a range of documents secret. However, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California rejected parts of that request, which led to details of Jobs’ 2007 communications with then-Palm chief executive Edward Colligan becoming part of the public record,” Levine reports. “Jobs proposed eliminating competition between the two companies for talent, according to a sworn statement from Colligan cited by the plaintiffs. ‘Mr. Jobs also suggested that if Palm did not agree to such an arrangement, Palm could face lawsuits alleging infringement of Apple’s many patents,’ Colligan said in the statement.”
Levine reports, “Colligan told Jobs that the plan was ‘likely illegal,’ and that Palm was not ‘intimidated’ by the threat.”
MacDailyNews Take: Perhaps Steve was merely employing a method of evaluating rival CEOs’ ethical standards?
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MacDailyNews Take: You remember Ed:
We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in. – Ed Colligan, commenting on then-rumored Apple iPhone, Nov. 16, 2006
Mr. Bigtalk Nowalk.
Now, what is this “Palm” they’re talking about?
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