Apple Sued For More Than $10 Billion For Alleged Copyright Infringement On iOS Devices

Just when we thought that this week couldn't get anymore weirder with the Windows 10 case, a Florida resident is taking Apple to court for copying his 1992 designs for the iPhone, iPad and iPod. Apparently he came up with the designs 15 years before the invention of any of devices.
Thomas S. Ross is the plaintiff here and he states that he continues to suffer irreparable injury due to this infringement. Further elaborating that even though it cannot be condoned with money but the plaintiff seeks a compensation of $10 Billion as well as 1.5% royalty on all future sales of such infringing devices.
For reference, here is a drawing by him of an Electronic Reading Device(ERD) from which Apple supposedly got the design ideas:
Here is a press release from his lawyer to the press:
What Ross contemplated, was a device that could allow one to read stories, novels, news articles, as well as look at pictures, watch video presentations, or even movies, on a flat touch-screen that was back-lit. He further imagined that it could include communication functions, such as a phone and a modem, input/output capability, so as to allow the user to write notes, and be capable of storing reading and writing material utilizing internal and external storage media. He also imagined that the device would have batteries and even be equipped with solar panels.
 From the specifications on that drawing, 2 MB RAM, 60 MB Hard Disk space as well as fairly old Intel 8038GSX processor as well as the inclusion of Diskette drive pretty much says that we are looking at something fairly historical. By fair judgement says it looks more like BlackBerry rather than an IPhone though but that is just me.
Ross applied for Copyright and Patent Protection in 1992 but failed to deliver the fees which nullified it. However he reapplied again in 2014 to protect his technical drawings.
This case was filed on 27th June, 2016 in Southern Florida District Court with case number: 0:16-cv-61471-KMW and can be seen filed on page 4 on their official website.
What are your thoughts about this case? Is it really possible for someone to come up with such designs at a primitive era? And even so, Will it be right for Apple to pay infringement charges? Shoot in the comments!

Source: MacRumors

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