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Florida man claims to have invented the iPhone

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knoober

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I would say it depends on the development date of the iphone. If they serious development or applied for their own patent within the window of his utility patent then his case may gain ground. He would still have quite the uphill battle proving that they had any knowledge of his patent/invention. If he isnt a crackpot he already knows this though and can back his claims with more than some technical drawings
 

ATMINSIDE

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I would say it depends on the development date of the iphone. If they serious development or applied for their own patent within the window of his utility patent then his case may gain ground. He would still have quite the uphill battle proving that they had any knowledge of his patent/invention. If he isnt a crackpot he already knows this though and can back his claims with more than some technical drawings

The article states the patent was expired well before Apple started work on it.
 

knoober

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The article states the patent was expired well before Apple started work on it.

Article states that his utility patent expired in 1995 (and I have just found the first gen iphone patent to be released in 2007; so you are absolutely right). There must be some sort of legal chicanery involved that makes him think he can push this through. Either some sort of proof of development before his patent expires or a statement from Jobs that his designs were made before 1995.... in any case that is all pure speculation and you are quite correct

As for waiting for SJ to expire... sure seems like he could have brought the suit beforehand and should have to explain a damned good reason for the delay in order to even be able to pursue the case. There have only been how many different iterations of the iphone since 2007? Why would he wait so long to file?
 
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Well SJ was the "Heart and Soul" of Apple so to speak, the spokesman and the driving force behind it, who knows what's going on in there now. Have seen quite a few blunders lately that might not have happened or became public knowledge if he was still alive, maybe he thought that he's big chance finally arrived ?

But all this is mute if he really has no chance... Even if he has plans or designs of some sort ?
 

ATMINSIDE

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Well SJ was the "Heart and Soul" of Apple so to speak, the spokesman and the driving force behind it, who knows what's going on in there now. Have seen quite a few blunders lately that might not have happened or became public knowledge if he was still alive, maybe he thought that he's big chance finally arrived ?

But all this is mute if he really has no chance... Even if he has plans or designs of some sort ?

I believe you mean moot. And, to my knowledge, since the patent lapsed he has zero leverage unless something from Apple dates back to before his patent lapsed.
 

Janus67

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It's a moo point.


Like a cow's opinion, it doesn't matter. It's moo.







I hope people get the reference.
 

petteyg359

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Sounds like a typical scumbag hoping for a settlement-and-shut-up payment. I hate Apple, but I hope they pull a NewEgg on this guy's ***.
 

caddi daddi

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he can sue till the "cows" come home, not a chance of a win, but he'd take a hundred grand to go away and that is a lot less than apple would spend fighting it.
 

Steven90

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Jennifer Aniston's face was priceless there

They don't even have to go that route. Since he let the patent expire it should get thrown out in circuit court. The lawyer must be pretty desperate to take a case as one-sided as this.
 

petteyg359

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They don't even have to go that route. Since he let the patent expire it should get thrown out in circuit court. The lawyer must be pretty desperate to take a case as one-sided as this.

That, or the guy is already rich and the lawyer is just going to demand some nice payment regardless of the results, or the guy is even more of an idiot than he appears at first glance and will be representing himself (so there is no lawyer).
 

caddi daddi

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reminds me of the gore, al buffoon claiming he invented the interwebs, another moo point.