Boston University Sues Apple for Patent Infringement

Posted July 3, 2013 at 3:03pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 8379 views

Boston University is suing Apple over patent infringement, reports the Boston Herald. The university is claiming that Apple stole a computer engineer's patented semiconductor and implemented it into their products.

Professor Theodore D. Moustakas patented a small electronic semiconductor in 1997, which is now included in the iPhone 5, iPad and Macbook Air.

Defendant’s acts of infringement have caused and will continue to cause substantial and irreparable damage to the University

The specific patent is number 5,686,735 and is described as "highly insulating monocrystalline gallium nitride thin films."

In the past year, the university has filed eight identical claims against smaller manufactures, but others like Samsung and Amazon have been hit with a lawsuit as well.

Analysys believe that a successful case would bring around $75 Million from the university.

Boston University is one of the largest private universities in the United States, and one of the largest employers in Boston, with more than 10,000 faculty and staff and over 33,000 students.

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iphone Doctor - July 4, 2013 at 7:34am
Everybody want money from APPLE
Copperhead - July 6, 2013 at 8:00am
No, they just want apple to stop stealing shit from other people and claim it as their own. I was one of the attendees that was in class when the professor showed is semiconductor after his approved patent. Stealing is stealing. And just because apple is a mega company does not give them the right to steal from other people and claim it as their own.
surrati - July 4, 2013 at 1:17am
it is impossible to prove the infringement of process. the final structure of the material is not patentable if it was processed by different way. i do not think BU will gain money, only propaganda.
Nuck Chorris - July 3, 2013 at 8:22pm
Haaaa ha!
jr - July 3, 2013 at 6:03pm
school isnt worth its weight anymore, trying to compete with 33,000 student to get the same job is like going to war
Dan - July 3, 2013 at 3:46pm
Ridiculous!
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