Apple sued for $10 billion for copying iPhone designs!
New York: A man in Florida has accused the tech giant Apple of stealing his designs to make iPhone, iPad and iPod devices. He has filed a $10 billion lawsuit against the company and also demanded 1.5 per cent royalty on the sale of all future iOS devices.
Thomas S. Ross claimed that he has patent rights, which he got in 1992, for the designs used by the tech major to make all the three devices.
What is the incident?
• Ross claimed that he submitted the sketch of the designs with the US Copyright Office 24 years ago
• The drawings submitted were a part of the patent application for an Electronic Reading Device (ERD)
Ross’s lawsuit 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."
Ross’s Patent application abandoned:
• USPTO abandoned Thomas S. Ross’s patent application due to non-submission of the fees
• US Copyright department had abandoned the patent application in the year 1995