Detroit woman claims Apple owes her $2 billion because they ripped off her smartwatch idea

“A Detroit woman says Apple owes her $2bn because the iGiant allegedly ripped off her smartwatch idea,” Chris Williams reports for The Register.

“Daisy Washington-Gross has sued the Silicon Valley giant in US district court of eastern Michigan, alleging Apple’s Watch infringes her patent,” Williams reports. “She claims she paid $325 to apply for a patent describing a ‘detachable bleeper disc digital gym shoe computer wrist watch’ in July 1996, although her submission doesn’t appear to have gone anywhere except the bin.”

Williams reports, “El Reg could find no record of the application.”

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“Washington-Gross told this newspaper she filed suit against Apple because she never had a chance to produce her watch before the tech firm came out with one, and no one from the company had contacted her about her patent,” Ethan Baron reports for SiliconBeat. “‘They gave me no respect or anything, to call me,’ said Washington-Gross, 67. ‘They just took action to create the watch.'”

Baron reports, “Lest one imagine the technology behemoth quaking in its boots over Washington-Gross’s enormous demand, it must be noted that she sued Reebok in 2000, claiming that ‘I invented the gym shoe.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Uh oh, Apple’s in big trouble now!

43 Comments

    1. I invented solid state storage. I even thought about it for quite a while and I came up will all sorts of stuff, from standard storage to EPROM cartridges for synths and samplers. I also told at least a half dozen people about it (rock-solid proof of my claim). The only things I didn’t quite get to were developing an understanding of how the technology works, hiring an engineer, sourcing components, production and distribution, partnering with key firms, and filing a patent. Even so, I think I deserve a couple of million.

  1. Once a lawyer or patent / trademark outfit has completed the patent search (which will cost a couple hundred at least, the USPTO takes months to process an application, which comes with a filing fee and requires the applicant to log on and stay current with the process, including responding to any requests for clarification from the USPTO lawyer assigned to the case (which can be extremely detailed and may take multiple rounds). If someone doesn’t keep up with this, it will be dropped and the process has to start over from the absolute beginning. If the woman does not have the approved patent certificate in hand, she’s out of luck.
    And then comes the lawsuit. If she doesn’t have the certificate, she’s just wasting her money and the court’s time.

    1. I can’t get a look at her suit against Apple from the link. However, there is a copy of her suit against Reebok. It’s difficult to decipher them, but it looks to me like she was representing herself.

  2. Is this April 1 again. Clearly some dodgy lawyers are taking ‘fool’ advantage of a delusional old age pensioner. They should be prosecuted for their abuse of the elderly or better still just put them and their client in a dark room and throw away the key. But not before I can talk to them about my patent for an electric golf cart and help me sue Tesla for ripping off my idea in their cars.

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