Florida Man Demands $10 Bil From Apple for 'Stealing' iPhone Idea
A Florida man says he conceived and patented iPhone-like technology and is demanding that Apple now reimburse him for $10 billion plus 1.5% of worldwide sales of the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.
Thomas Ross filed a patent for his "Electronic Reading Device" in 1992. He submitted to the court drawings showing features which now standard for smartphones, like a touchscreen interface and video player.
MacRumors reported that Ross' patent was abandoned in 1995 after he failed to pay the necessary fees.
Some have pointed out that Ross' creation borrowed from gadgets in Star Trek and the Apple's Newton PDA from the 1980s.