The world is full of interesting people, from the disgruntled employees to the entitled fellows. These guys just want a few moments of fame.
Meet Thomas S. Ross, who claims he came up with the idea for the iPhone over 20 years ago and now he’s suing Apple for hijacking his idea. His story has a lot of drama, so read on.
Apparently, back then in 1992, Thomas Ross filed a patent for something called an Electronic Reader Device (ERD). He submitted several hand-drawn images at the time that showed a backlit touchscreen display. Along with what look like physical buttons. Ross says he developed his ERD for more than a year before filing the patent. However, he failed to pay a required fee and lost the patent in 1995.
See for yourself if his drawings look like the iPhone.
Now, he’s suing Apple for $10 billion over copyright law along with a 1.5% royalty on the sales of future iOS devices. Ross says that Apple went “dumpster diving” when it came across his sketches and he claims that Apple has caused him “great and irreparable injury that cannot fully be compensated or measured in money”.
My 2 cents:
Apple is not a stranger to these types of claims so it shouldn’t cost them anything to refute his claims. By the way, since when did the iPhone or iPod have a flip design or a physical keyboard?