Well, not quite everything. But it's hard to imagine a blunter demonstration of how in Silicon Valley, patents are now little more than munitions for warring tech giants than this newly public email exchange between Jobs and former Palm CEO Edward Colligan.
The back and forth was revealed in an affidavit (embedded below) that Colligan submitted in a lawsuit that accuses Apple and several other companies of striking an illegal bargain not to recruit or hire each other's employees -- a giant no-no under antitrust law. Colligan claims that Jobs called him in late 2007 and attempted to bully him into a no-poaching deal by threatening to rain down patent suits if Palm refused to go along with the scheme.
In a lengthy email contained in the court filing, Colligan more or less politely tells Jobs to shove it. "I want to be clear that we are not intimidated by your threat," he writes. "Palm has a very robust portfolio of patents, having been in the handheld and smartphone businesses since the early 90's....If you choose the litigation route, we can respond with our own claims based on these patent assets, but I don't think litigation is the answer. We will both just end up paying a lot of lawyers a lot money."