Apple slapped with $2 billion federal lawsuit over Apple Watch

A Detroit woman has filed a federal lawsuit claiming Apple stole her patented idea for a smart watch. “I was the first to put in for a patent for a ‘computer wrist watch,'” Daisy Washington-Gross said in the suit filed Friday in Eastern Michigan U.S. District Court.

Washington-Gross claims Apple’s watch infringed on her pending patent for the “Detachable Beeper Disc Digital Gym Shoe Computer Watch.” She’s demanding $2 billion.

Analysts have told Fortune magazine they believe Apple sold almost 6 million of its watches in the last quarter of 2015. Apple sells most of its watches for $299 to $749.

Washington-Gross told this newspaper she filed suit against Apple because she never had a chance to produce her watch before the tech firm came out with one, and no one from the company had contacted her about her patent. “They gave me no respect or anything, to call me,” said Washington-Gross, 67. “They just took action to create the watch.”

Lest one imagine the technology behemoth quaking in its boots over Washington-Gross’s enormous demand, it must be noted that she sued Reebok in 2000, claiming that “I invented the gym shoe.” That invention was for the “Beeper Disc Digital Detchable (sic) Gym Shoe, Disc Digital with Time/Step Sensor Scanner Devices, Mirco-Chips (sic),” Washington-Gross said in her lawsuit, a document loaded with typos and misspellings and also filed in Eastern Michigan U.S. District Court. The gym shoe suit didn’t specify a dollar claim.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

Photo: Troy Wolverton of the San Jose Mercury News uses maps on an Apple Watch in San Jose in April 2015. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)

 

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  • Mike Cunningham

    Ol Daisy is a troll. Hope a judge slams this into the ground.

  • Davo Apo

    Good luck stupid haha

  • HotelQuebec

    Small troll after big troll over a fugly useless watch.

  • Sharon Mahart

    Stupid click bait…

  • StopJobflowoverseasnow

    cant sue for patent infringement on a pending patent application. On top of that, the inventor (still an applicant) needs to notify the defendant, it is not Apples responsibility to contact the applicant.
    Apple will have a field day with this one.

  • KCKitsune

    This is one of those “It’s so blatantly obvious” type of products. The idea that someone could patent this is absurd.

    • FatManChew

      yup like rounded corners.

      • i’m sure that lawsuit had more than two words describing Samsung’s violation of trademarks and patents.

  • EllaFino

    Shouldn’t she be suing Samsung since they came out with the first smartwatch.

  • Guy inSJ

    So she claims $300+ dollars per watch…It is more than the Apple’s watch sale price. I guarantee doesn’t know how many zeros in $2 billion.

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  • SivBum

    This should be at the top of the story: it must be noted that she sued Reebok
    in 2000, claiming that “I invented the gym shoe.” That invention was
    for the “Beeper Disc Digital Detchable (sic) Gym Shoe, Disc Digital with
    Time/Step Sensor Scanner Devices, Mirco-Chips (sic),” Washington-Gross
    said in her lawsuit,
    a document loaded with typos and misspellings and also filed in Eastern
    Michigan U.S. District Court. The gym shoe suit didn’t specify a dollar
    claim.

  • Lafayette Escadrill

    Why was this story ever printed. The woman is a wack job. Anybody can file papers. See any lawyer around??

  • M S i N Lund

    I know that game!
    I’m in the very same boat myself.

    I tell you, I don’t get no regard when I tell people I invented the wheel.
    No regard at all. No esteem either!

    And those clock-radios?
    All mine too!

  • Illuminati

    “Detroit woman” – Nothing else to do in that city but sue and die

  • AAPL.To.Break.$130.Soon>:-)

    I thought Android hardware manufacturers came out with the first of the current batch of digital smartwatches, so why doesn’t she sue them? Oh, that’s right… Apple is making most of the profits in that category.

    • Ron I.

      The smartwatch has bombed.

  • nickmeister

    The judge should slap her in the face and make her pay Apple’s court costs for filing a bogus suit…

  • usulnet

    What? That’s almost as bad as suing over rounded corners…oh wait

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    • Rounded corners is a very superficial description of that lawsuit.

      • Yoghi Adhi Sri Bawono

        which is existed ever since a handhel device probably made because everyone know that the idea of a phone is not just a slab of brick, (see sony xperia series) but one patent-troll company think that ‘ROUNDED CORNERS IZ MINE.”

  • warhammer45945

    the blame here lies fully with the patent office for granting this terrible patent. Furthermore, you’re not supposed to be able to patent an *idea*, only a *product*, and she freely admits she never made anything.

  • The Outlaw Josey Wales

    She has to be a Gruber!

  • Tom Tucker

    I’ll bet that the woman suing is black.

  • kanehau

    “Pending Patent”? Jumping the gun a bit isn’t she?

    I’m pretty sure Apple has plenty of non-pending patents.

 
 
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