“Florida resident Thomas S. Ross has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week, claiming that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod infringe upon his 1992 invention of a hand-drawn ‘Electronic Reading Device’ (ERD),” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors.The court filing claims the plaintiff was ‘first to file a device so designed and aggregated,’ nearly 15 years before the first iPhone.”
“Ross applied for a utility patent to protect his invention in November 1992, but the application was declared abandoned in April 1995 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after he failed to pay the required application fees,” Rossignol reports. “He also filed to copyright his technical drawings with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2014.”
Rossignol reports, “While the plaintiff claims that he continues to experience ‘great and irreparable injury that cannot fully be compensated or measured in money,’ he has demanded a jury trial and is seeking restitution no less than $10 billion and a royalty of up to 1.5% on Apple’s worldwide sales of infringing devices.”
Read more and see Ross’ U.S. patent application illustrations in the full article here.
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