Samsung’s lawyers didn’t technically break Godwin’s law during interviews following the last Apple–Samsung patent trial… but they came pretty close. The Verge reports that Apple is very unhappy with the behavior of Samsung’s lead attorney John Quinn, who said Apple was behaving like a “jihadist” and said that its battle with Samsung would end up being its own version of the Vietnam war in recent interviews. Quinn’s “jihadist” remark refers to an email sent by late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs back in 2010 that referred to Apple’s battle with Google as a “holy war” for the soul of the smartphone market.
The Verge has spotted a letter sent from Apple law firm WilmerHale to Samsung’s legal team saying that Quinn’s less-than-tactful rhetoric in the wake of the trial signals that Samsung isn’t really ready to place nice just yet. Apple’s lawyers also bashed Samsung for trying to use patent licensing negotiations as a free license to “clone Apple products.”
“Apple remains concerned that despite protestations to the contrary, Samsung has adopted a business model that prohibits early or even timely resolution of any dispute involving intellectual property infringement,” write Apple’s attorneys, who also suggest that “Samsung has no interest in stopping its use of Apple’s patents or compensating Apple for past infringement.”
So for now it looks like there isn’t any hope that Apple and Samsung will soon come to a patent truce as Apple and Google did late last week.