Man sues Apple for $10 billion, claims he invented the iPhone back in 1992

Man sues Apple for $10 billion, claims he invented the iPhone back in 1992
A man named Thomas S. Ross has filed a $10 billion lawsuit against Apple, claiming to have invented the iPhone back in 1992. That would be 15 years before then Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the device in January 2007. Ross says that besides the iPhone, Apple used the utility design he patented 24 years ago to manufacture the Apple iPod and Apple iPad.

Ross claims that the trio of Apple products have a design that was derived from the sketches he submitted to the USPTO back in 1992 in support of his patent submission titled "Electronic Reading Device." The product sketched by Ross shows a device that does resemble a modern smartphone with a touchscreen for reading news stories, viewing images and watching videos. He is requesting a jury trial and is seeking $10 billion from Apple along with a 1.5% royalty on the sales of future iOS devices.

The USPTO let the application go in 1995 when Ross failed to pay the fees required to keep the patent process going. In other words, no patent was ever received by Ross for his device. He did file his technical drawings with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2014. Besides a single screen model, Ross' sketches include a version with a dual screen.

Ross says that Apple went "dumpster diving" when it came across his sketches. The suit includes a quote from Steve Jobs which reads, "we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas. In the suit, he claims that Apple has caused him "great and irreparable injury that cannot fully be compensated or measured in money".


source: Telegraph

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85 Comments

1. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Nice try dumbass lol!!!!!!

7. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 718; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

You can say that again!

33. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Triple again!!!! Any quadruple???

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

True. But in theory suppose he wins some money, then who's gonna look like the dumbass! LOL But I think him bring the case isn't what's funny. What is funny is what crackpot lawyer he found who actually took the case?!

8. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Dont forget it was 1992 !! This person had designed nice sketches!! Only he didnt payed the fee to get a patent!! That man missed a fortune!! Its all karma!!

14. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Even if he received his patent it's too vague and if he never did anything with them but just sat on them then he wouldn't get anything.

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Its no more vague than suing for rectangles and rounded corners.

32. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

God you're hopelessly foolish. It's almost impressive to be this this stupid and still have the arrogance to post essays about everything. Apple has LEGALLY binding documents. Mr.Ross does not. It's that simple :D.

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Shape are vague and can't be owned. But hey its your thought process vs mine. Guess what, that patent was invalidated by the USPTO and they admitted should not have been granted due to "PRIOR ART" Again...the legal process is clear. They did make a mistake. Whether it was an honest mistake we won't know. What we do know is Apple vague patent that was granted, can be seen on multiple products that existed as far back as the 1950's.

53. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He stated above that the lawsuit was ridiculous. He's just pointing out that the legal reasoning wasn't any more silly than Apple's suits against Samsung. And, he is right.

87. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Thank you! +1000

59. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

Thank you for that comment..

83. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

And what about apple and their patents? And what about a square black design, isn't that vague too?

68. dimas

Posts: 3345; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And what if he can prove it? Even if he didn't have the formal patent, there are things that will be considered like the consistency if his stories and paperworks and sketches. You're too quick to judge cobsidering that dump diving has been around practiced by big companies for years. That Olaf, Elsa or any other Disney characters you saw might have been a product of a rejected submitted ideas given fresh new take. Unless you'll be part of the jury, how about just read the news quietly and take sides once everything had a decision.

2. adecvat

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

No patent ever received - what are he thinking?

4. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

What *is* he thinking?

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Don't get me wrong, I have my regular typos.... but it seems that lately the average person in the comments section is incapable of constructing basic sentences without horrendous grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. I try to tell myself that there's always the possibility that English is their second language and these types of errors can be excused, but I'm just afraid that it's a sign of a failed education system. It leaves me quite concerned...

66. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

English grammar, spelling & even pronounciation are some of the most abnormally inconsistent rules in the world so there is nothing to be proud or strict about it. The purpose of communication is to understand each other and NOT pointing errors. Error correction is just for exams while communication is freedom. I bet you are Indian or Filipino because these races are overly concious about their English grammars due to their inferiority.

70. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

No, I'm white, of Irish and Native American decent actually, but I have to say that I'm not overly surprised that someone who thinks the lack of basic writing skills isn't something to be embarrassed about also thinks that they can rely on stereotypes to accurately identify a person online. Why to show off your ignorance.

71. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

*descent. There's one of those typos I was talking about.

77. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

*way But I definitely agree with everything your saying.

82. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Ha! I suppose if I'm going to be critical of other people's posts, I should take a moment or two to proof-read my own.

79. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Yo man, that's what is usually seen on social media too. But that doesn't mean your statement fits all of them.

84. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I didn't know Indians and Filipino were inferior to other people. I hope you get banned for saying racist crap like that.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Is he actually thinking? Or is he some happy go luck opportunist?!

44. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I can has cheeseburger? All your base are belong to us? .... Win bigly?

3. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Uhhh, he should also sue Nokia because one of his sketch looks like the navigator. He should definitely sue black berry because I can see he has a small keyboard at the bottom. Samsung should be next because it has a very very large screen. Wtf mate? Were you living in a cave or something? Last time I checked, iPhone came out 9 years ago, it took you bloody 9 years to figure out it looks like you design?

80. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

If he win this, then he would have the money to sue others including Amazon, Microsoft ...etc Also , it is actually more than 9 years since it is the ipod started it and maybe the old type of tablets too.

5. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Hmm! Give this man a NOBle prize!

6. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Well that person should have payed the fee!! He could have made fortune!! Huh!! Its all karma!!

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