US man demands over $21 billion from Apple for hijacking his iPhone idea

US man demands over $21 billion from Apple for hijacking his iPhone idea
US man demands over $21 billion from Apple for hijacking his iPhone idea
 What’s common in Thomas Ross, an unknown man, and Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple? According to Ross the difference is not much, according to the rest of the world, “Who is Thomas Ross?”

Thomas Ross, a resident of Florida, claims to be the man behind the idea of an iPhone. And he has dragged the iPhone-maker company to a federal court in Florida seeking billions of dollars and some more for “hijacking and exploiting” a design he came up with in 1992, almost a decade before the first Apple device came out.

According to a report by Agence France-Presse, Thomas Ross is demanding from Apple $11 billion (approx Rs 74 crore) for damages and another $10 billion (approx Rs 67,400 crore) in compensation. Ross has also demanded at least 1.5 per cent of Apple’s worldwide gross sales as “a reasonable royalty”.

Backed with several diagrams of his design, Ross is representing himself in the lawsuit. The diagrams were used in the patent application he had filed at the US Patent and Trade Office, which later declared them abandoned in 1995 after Ross failed to pay required fees.

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The lawsuit claims that Ross had designed “an electronic reading device” in 1992 and Apple “hijacked and exploited” his idea for what later came to be known as iPhone.

Ross accused Apple of not being innovative with its own products and taking to “dumpster diving” to find new ideas. He said that his design was “sucked into” Apple’s product line after getting dumped by the patent office.

Apple launched its first handheld gadget, iPod MP3 player, in 2001, after almost nine years of Ross’ patent application. The first iPhone was launched in the year 2007.

This is not the first time Apple has been accused of not being the true creator of iPhones. Earlier this month, a US Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said that “federal research, not Steve jobs or Apple, invented the iPhone”.

While Pelosi’s statement was technically correct, we are yet not sure how much weight Ross’ claims hold.

Source by indiatoday…



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