US man files $10 bn lawsuit against Apple for ‘stealing’ his designs

While you go gushing about your iPhone to the world and applauding Apple time and again for gifting the world this marvellous piece of technology, here’s something you should know. The iPhone might not have been an original idea of Apple, after all.

A businessman based in Florida has reportedly filed a lawsuit for against $10 billion for a whopping $10 billion accusing it of stealing his designs from a utility patent that he had filed way back in the year 1992. He claims that the much famous iPad, iPhone and iPod, have all been designed from his stolen design.

According to a renowned online source, Thomas S. Ross in his lawsuit has claimed that all the Apple devices are in fact the result of his technical drawings’ first sketch that he had himself submitted to the US Copyright Office as per the requirement for the patent application he had filed some 24 years ago for an “Electronic Reading Device”(ERD).

The lawsuit filed by Ross reads, “The application evidenced that Ross was the first to file a device so designed and aggregated as to have created a novel combination of media and communication tools that Ross called ERD, and whose identity was, since then, hijacked and exploited by Apple’s iPhones, iPods, iPads and, others.”

While the concept conceived by Ross could never see the light of the day as it didn’t go any further than the design stage, if it would have actually become a reality, it would have allowed the users to view videos, images and read news articles on a flat touchscreen surface.

Interestingly, Ross had earlier filed a patent application that was ultimately abandoned by the USPTO in the year 1995 after Ross couldn’t pay the required fees. Two years back in 2014, Ross also reportedly filed to copyright his technical drawings available with the United States Copyright Office.

Currently, Ross is seeking $10 billion as compensation from Apple for stealing his designs. In addition to this, he is also hoping to get a jury trial and net 1.5 per cent royalty on all the future iOS devices that Apple might sell.

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Kirti Sharma
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