Steve Jobs threatened Palm with patent litigation to stop it poaching Apple employees

The email came to light as part of a civil antitrust suit accusing tech companies of an anti-competitive conspiracy

New documents have come to light in an antitrust suit against major technology companies that shows late Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs threatened Palm Inc. with patent litigation if the company did not agree to refrain from poaching Apple employees.

Five technology workers brought the civil suit against Apple, Google Inc., Intel Corp. and other major players in the tech industry, accusing them of a conspiracy to lower wages by eliminating competition for employees. While the companies involved have tried to keep many of the documents associated with the litigation secret, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh allowed the email between Jobs and then-Palm CEO Edward Colligan to enter the public record.

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