This suit comes on the heels of another filed by a group of women alleging gender discrimination.
The high-profile CEO had embodied the tech industry's worst excesses.
The companies—including Apple Inc, Google Inc and Microsoft Corp—banded together late on Sunday to file a "friend-of-the-court" brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco arguing that the ban "inflicts significant harm on American business."
"I shouldn't have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people to and from my way to work every day," he wrote.
After the NSA scandal, most major tech companies have been transparent about which governments are asking for customer data.
At this point, the technology industry might be better off without any patents.
"Virtual" and "affordable" may be the future of health care
For Apple to continue to dominate, it needs to forget about its visionary founder.