Crazy Lawsuit Accuses Apple Of Stealing iPod, iPhone Concepts In 80′s
In a lawsuit that can only be described as bizarre, Apple, Steve Jobs, and Sarah Jessica Parker are being accused of stealing the idea for the iPod and iPhone back in 1989. The plaintiff is Franz A. Wakefield, who says that after winning first place at the 17th Congressional District Arts Competition, he was asked by Congressman William Lehman to disclose trade secrets to the FBI, which he claims included concepts for the iPod, iTunes (including $0.99 song prices), and the iPhone.
He also claims to have “made a trade secret deal” with Sarah Jessica Parker to help market the products in exchange for 2% of the gross revenues from their sales.
Before allowing his trade secrets and copyright works to be used by the Defendants, ‘WAKEFIELD’ in confidence documented his trade secrets with Congressman William Lehman and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. ‘WAKEFIELD’ also requested that The FBI seize his visual art and sketch book which contained the documented secrets and requested that the FBI surveil him as he completed the trade secret deals to commercialize the secrets into products with ‘SJP’ and other representatives. ‘WAKEFIELD’ communicated the trade secret deal with the Defendant ‘SJP,’ his trade secrets, which includes the IDENTICAL name brands for iPod, iTunes (iTunes Store) and the iPhone, along with drawings and paintings of the IDENTICAL product designs and various models in various views.
Part of said deal with Parker was that she would pitch his concepts to Steve Jobs.
The suit goes on to say that when he tried to contact Parker, he was told by her attorney that Parker (not surprisingly) had no recollection of the conversation. He also wrote the following letter to Steve Jobs:
This letter is to serve as a DEMAND for payment. Otherwise I will seek legal recourse for the immediate cease and desist from the manufacture, marketing, and sale of all the iPOD, iTunes, and Iphone lines; along with pursuing damages from the products sold to date, unjust enrichment caused by the theft, enforcement of the agreed 2% gross revenues on all sales, and any other applicable damages or compensation.
[via Apple Insider]