No patent pending

iphone colorsA Florida man swears he invented the iPhone before Apple did. So he’s suing the company for $10 billion.
Thomas S. Ross is convinced Apple stole his idea for the iPhone, and he’s got drawings from 1992 to prove it. Oh yes, and an abandoned patent. A minor detail.
Ross made three hand-drawn technical mockups in 1992. The drawing show a flat rectangular device with a screen and buttons. Ross then applied for a utility patent. However, that utility patent was declared abandoned in 1995 when he failed to pay the application fees on the patent.
Now Ross claims he has suffered “great and irreparable injury” that “cannot fully be compensated or measured in money.” But, we guess 10 billion is a good start. Beside this lump sum in damages, Ross is also asking for 1.5% of Apple’s worldwide sales on any devices that he claims violate his abandoned patent.
Granted, we are trademark experts and no patent experts, but somehow claiming $10.000.000.000 in damages based on a patent Ross doesn’t actually have, seems like a long shot.
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Source: Macrumors

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