The first iPhone was released on this day 9 years ago.— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 29, 2016
There have been 9 versions since the original. pic.twitter.com/U6239bqs4l
A Florida man has come out of the woodwork and issued a hefty lawsuit against Apple Inc. because he claims he invented the iPhone more than two decades ago.
Thomas Ross designed and sketched out a patent application for a device back in 1992 which he believes Apple somehow stole.
Now, Ross is suing the tech giant for $10 billion, according to Gizmodo.
There are several issues with Ross’s claim, one of them being the fact that the gadget he envisioned is nothing like the iPhone.
His design's only real similarities to the iPhone are its rectangular shape and screen to read things from.
As we know, those attributes belong to just about every electronic device in the world including Androids, Kindles, MP3 players, handheld game systems, and so on.
Furthermore, Ross’s invention included a keyboard which is something the iPhone has never contained.
While the concept of touch screen was virtually nonexistent in 1992, that detail just further proves the case for Apple that their innovation was, indeed, unique.
Another very crucial issue with Ross’s patent is that it’s essentially null and void because he failed to pay the necessary registration fees. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deemed his application “abandoned” way back in 1995.
Also, Ross waited until Apple released more than nine different versions of the iPhone to sue the company.
If he thought the idea was so similar to his, why wouldn’t he have brought it up when the first iPhone was released back in 2007? His case might have actually stood more of a chance back then.
It’s clear that Ross couldn’t care less about the holes in his case because he is still pursuing it. But, it would be a shock if he ever sees that $10 billion.