Steve Jobs Threatened Patent Lawsuit If Palm Didn't Agree to No-Hire Policy

Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:18pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 4907 views

Steve Jobs reportedly threatened Palm with a patent lawsuit if they didn't agree to stop trying to hire Apple employees, reports Reuters.

Details about the communication surfaced in a court filing for a civil lawsuit that five workers are bringing against Apple, Google, Intel and others. The case alleges that the companies conspired to keep wages low and eliminate competition.

In 2007, Jobs proposed a no-hire agreement to then Palm CEO Edward Colligan.

"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.

Colligan reportedly told Jobs that the plan was "likely illegal" and that the company wasn't "intimidated" by the threat.

"If you choose the litigation route, we can respond with our own claims based on patent assets, but I don't think litigation is the answer," he said.

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Leggoman - January 24, 2013 at 9:14pm
Well it's all bullshit now what he did or did not say or do. R.I.P Apple will never have the same following with tim cook. Apple are going to have to change and start giving apple fans more of what they want, and soon. It's ok having the same jeans but when I go for a new phone I want it to do more be better than my last? I'm not getting that with apple it's at a stand still or moving like a snail always behind
Justabrake - January 23, 2013 at 2:41pm
He loved his lawsuits LOL
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