Boston University sues Apple for, you guessed it, patent infringement

iphone5-frontandbackIn the continuing saga of patent litigation, Apple is being sued by Boston University for allegedly infringing upon a semiconductor patent filed by a professor in 1997.

As reported by GigaOM, Boston University is seeking an injunction on sales of Apple’s products that it alleges infringe upon the patent, including the MacBook Air and iPhone 5, as well as damages.

The patent, entitled “Highly Insulating Monocrystalline Gallium Nitride Thin Films,” was granted in 1997 to Professor Theodore Moustakas. BU has also sued Amazon for infringing on the same patent.

While it’s unclear yet whether or not BU has a case, students may find themselves with a new scholarship fund following the lawsuit’s completion.

If you want to read the legal complaint in full, a copy of it can be found below.

BU v Apple by jeff_roberts881

Previously on GeekWire: Watch out, Intellectual Ventures: FTC to investigate patent-holding firms

  • guest

    The usual trollish cash grab. Good luck BU.