Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is being sued for copyright infringement. A Connecticut teacher asks him for nearly a million dollars for copying his idea of starting a “tech school,” Woz U, in 2017.
A story of intellectual property. Well known to the general public, Steve Wozniak is currently being sued for copyright infringement. The Apple co-founder was called to testify in court following a complaint from a Connecticut teacher. The trial will take place in Arizona for three days starting June 7.
Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Sued for Copyright Infringement
In a very comprehensive document, our colleagues from Business Insider reveal that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is currently being sued for stealing a business idea from Connecticut professor Ralph Reilly. According to Reilly, the two men had agreed to create together a futuristic “technological university” around 2011. A deal sealed with a handshake, in front of a camera.
An ambitious plan, which aimed to create a true modern educational platform. With the aim of teaching adults essential technical skills (code, web development, etc.). The plan was also to use Wozniak’s name and legendary status to propel the institution.
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In 2017, Steve Wozniak finally launched the Woz U, but without Reilly’s help. A company that focuses on technical education for independent students and offers advanced programs to universities and organizations to develop their employees in the field of web and technology.
On the other hand, Wozniak has a very different memory of this handshake. The ex-veteran Apple engineer said this meeting was only ” one of the many photo ops he conducts almost daily with his fans and admirers “. So mundane he wouldn’t even remember.
In fact, Reilly now claims that Wozniak stole his intellectual property and infringed his copyright by starting a Woz branded technology school and without him. Beside that, Wozniak retorts that he never had a real deal with Reilly and that he is “ inundated with business proposals from admirers “. Having filed a complaint against him, the trial will now take place in early June, in Arizona. Reilly asking compensation of up to one million dollars.