“A businessman has filed a $10bn lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the iPhone, iPad and iPod all infringe his 1992 invention of an Electronic Reading Device, or ERD,” Olivia Solon reports for The Guardian.
“In an exclusive interview, Thomas Ross, from Miramar in Florida, told the Guardian that he knows he is fighting a goliath,” Solon reports. “Ross, who now works as a manager at a law firm, imagined a device that could, according to court documents, ‘allow one to read stories, novels, news articles as well as look at pictures, watch video presentations, or even movies, on a flat touchscreen.’ It would also include communication functions, such as a phone and a modem, and would come with rounded edges in various sizes.”
“Ross argues that Apple’s iPhone, iPod and iPad are ‘the very essence’ of his ERD. He supports his claim by making reference to the fact that Steve Jobs bragged in 1996 that the company had always been ‘shameless about stealing great ideas,'” Solon reports. “Ross recognises it won’t be easy. “I’m against some very esteemed and well-known attorneys. They know what they’re doing,” he says. Nevertheless, he remains bullish about his chances. ‘I am very confident. I believe in what I did. In spite of the odds I feel that I have a shot at it.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Ross’ claims are without merit, not to mention at least as laughable as Nancy Pelosi’s.
Florida man claims he invented the iPhone, sues Apple for $10 billion – June 28, 2016