Former Apple Employee, Darren Eastman is suing Apple for not giving him patent credit for Find My iPhone and acknowledgment of his role as the inventor of the famous “Find My iPhone” feature and reimburse for his unjust firing.
Currently he is credited on only of Apple patent and that is for detecting batter errors (US 7877631B2), however, he wants to be credited to five of Apple patents (US 20130326643, 20130326642, 20140364099, 20140199966 and 20140364148) which are related to locating lost phones(Find my iPhone) and electronic ticketing.
He is also looking for the return of 735 Apple shares that according to him were taken “unfairly” from him and $326,400 in damages, plus $32,640 in interest and $5,000 in attorney’s fees.
The electronic ticketing patent application (20140364148) which is related to Apple’s Passbook technology was taken from the technology which was developed by Eastman before his joined Cupertino based company in 2006.
He tells that after he was awarded the battery error detection patent which made the original MacBook Air with its user non-serviceable battery viable, he lost his personal iPhone in 2008, the year iPhone debuted.
He says that it inspired to come with up a solution to locate a missing smartphone or computer.
He also says that Steve Jobs(former CEO of Apple) liked his electronic ticketing idea and called it a “killer idea”. Jobs also said that the idea was “insanely great” and could “break up the fucking monopoly” held by Ticketmaster.
He also claims that under Apple’s current CEO Tim Cook, the commitment to quality has declined. “Many talented employees who’ve given part of their life for Apple were now regularly being disciplined and terminated for reporting issues they were expected to during Mr. Jobs tenure,” he says.
Eastman was fired by Apple on September 26, 2014, citing unprofessional and inappropriate communications a few months after he had a life-saving neurosurgery. He also says that he acquired “seven” disabilities while working at Apple.
According to Eastman claims he was supposed to receive 735 shares of Apple stock after taxes. The shares were deposited to his brokerage account on October 15, 2014, he says, but were retracted immediately.
[Source: The Register]