Man sues Apple for $10 billion, claiming he invented iPhone in 1992

Bradley Wint
Jul 6, 2016 11:53pm AST
Photo: Apple

A Florida man is suing Apple for $10 billion plus royalty fees for allegedly copying his invention called the “Electronic Reading Device” (ERD).

Thomas S. Ross claims that Apple stole his idea with the invention of the iPhone, iPod and iPad, and wants them to pay up big time. Based on the court filing, Ross has hand-drawn 3 sketched of his idea between May 23, 1992 and September 10, 1992. He went ahead to file a utility patent in November 1992 but after failing to pay the required fees, the project was deemed abandoned.


Based on the drawings, other than the basic shape, there really isn’t much resemblance between the two products (even if Ross did hold a proper patent).


As a result of Apple’s alleged infringement, Ross claims to have suffered “great and irreparable injury that cannot fully be compensated or measured in money.”

He wants to company to fork up $10 billion in damages, and is also demanding that they pay him a further royalty of 1.5% of future worldwide sales. Based on the company’s Q2 earnings this year ($50.6 billion), he would have made $759 million in royalty fees.

Just for the fun of it, here’s a quick reference to poke a wide hole in this useless case. Back in 1987, Apple invented the Newton which became of of the first personal digital assistants to hit the market. Need I say more?

The case, Ross vs. Apple, Inc. was filed as 0:2016cv61471 in the Florida Southern District Court.

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