Florida resident sues Apple for $10bn for stealing his drawing to design the iPhone
Some people rise up late in life, and such is a scenario with a Florida man who goes with the name of Thomas S. Ross. According to Thomas, Apple has somehow robbed him from his due. Thomas claims Apple stole his idea and created the iPhone nine years ago (yes, that’s the time the man has taken to come to terms with the fact that Apple has actually robbed him). Anyway better late than never, the Florida resident is suing Apple for $10 billion claiming that Apple has stolen a patent he had filed for an “electronic reading device” (ERD) he had filled in 1992. The ERD patent reveals it to be a rectangular, hand held device with a rounded corners and a screen (it does look similar to and iPhone first released on June 29, 2007).
According to the lawsuit filed by Thomas, he was “first to file a device so designed and aggregated,” the identity of which was hijacked by Apple to design its own line of devices. In the lawsuit, Thomas has provided technical drawings of the original patent he had filed some 15 years before the first iPhone was made.
For a flashback: Ross had applied for a patent of ERD in 1992, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark office abandoned the application in 1995 because Thomas was unable to pay the required patent fee. Technically speaking, his patent was never approved.
In the filed lawsuit, Thomas claims he continues to experience “great and irreparable injury that cannot fully be compensated or measured in money”. Plaintiff demands a jury trial and is seeking $10 billion-plus in compensation for his stolen designs, in addition to a royalty of up to 1.5 percent in Apple’s worldwide sales – for comparison: that would be around $3.5 billion a year considering Apple made $235 billion in revenue last year as base.
Check out Thomas’ drawings below to decide for yourself if they look anything like the iPhone.