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NewsPoster Jul 3, 2013 11:27 AM
Boston University sues Apple for patent infringement
Boston University is suing Apple over infringement of a patent for thin, insulating monocrystalline gallium nitride films. The <em>Boston Herald</em> reports that the case was filed Tuesday through the US District Court of Massachusetts, and that the patent in question dates back to 1997, credited to computer engineering professor Theodor Moustakas. The university lists the iPad, iPhone 5, and MacBook Air as infringing products.<br /><br />The patent has already been used in eight claims in total, including ones against Amazon and Samsung. While the Apple component allegedly violating the Moustakas patent is a minor one, Endpoint Technologies analyst Roger Kay <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/289007==http://bostonherald.com/business/media_marketing/2013/07/bu_sues_for_big_bite_of_apple" rel='nofollow'>estimates</a> that a victory for the university could be worth as much as $75 million.
 
hayesk Jul 3, 2013 12:13 PM
Probably easier to get money out of patent settlements than alumni donations.
 
msuper69 Jul 3, 2013 02:01 PM
If someone waits this long to file a patent dispute, it could not have been that important.
We need to stop this nonsense.
 
And.reg Jul 3, 2013 02:02 PM
Well then screw BU! I won't be applying to your campus anytime soon. Apple didn't infringe s***, they took your product and made it awesome. You really think Apple wouldn't acknowledge that? You don't deserve a cent from this!
 
lkrupp Jul 3, 2013 02:35 PM
So let's see. Amazon and Samsung were already sued and we never heard a word about it anywhere. Apple gets sued over the same patent and it will be plastered all over the Internet and used to hammer down the stock price even more. Is that how it works?
 
lkrupp Jul 3, 2013 02:38 PM
So let's see. Amazon and Samsung were already sued and we never heard a word about it anywhere. Apple gets sued over the same patent and it will be plastered all over the Internet and used to hammer down the stock price even more. Is that how it works?
 
Jeronimo2000 Jul 3, 2013 03:06 PM
@lkrupp: Yes. Sadly, that is exactly how it works.
 
jreades Jul 3, 2013 04:32 PM
@lkrupp: errr, I just did a quick check of several news sites and, strangely, Apple being sued over another patent is not front-page news. Where is it news? MacNN. Is the reason we've not heard about it before perhaps rather more to do with the lack of an AmazonNN or a SamsungNN than anything to do with the stock price?
 
And.reg Jul 3, 2013 08:24 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by jreades (Post 4237321)
@lkrupp: errr, I just did a quick check of several news sites and, strangely, Apple being sued over another patent is not front-page news. Where is it news?
Found out from Macrumors first.
 
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