The Trustees of Boston University have filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple alleging that they're using a thin film semiconductor device found in such products as the iPhone 5, iPad and MacBook Air that was invented by the University.
The University is one of the largest private universities in the United States, and one of the largest employers in Boston (BU) with more than 10,000 faculty and staff and over 33,000students. It conducts a diverse range of interdisciplinary, collaborative and innovative research projects across a broad spectrum of academic departments, programs, centers and institutes, including research in the field of electrical and computer engineering. BU faculty members have won five Nobel Prizes and BU has been awarded hundreds of United States Patents, including U.S. Patent Number 5,686,738 (the "'738 patent").
According to the formal complaint filed by the Trustees of Boston University, Theodore D. Moustakas, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at BU, is the named inventor of patent 5,686,738 titled "Highly Insulating Monocrystalline Gallium Nitride Thin Films."
The University owns by assignment the entire right, title, and interest in and to the '738 patent, including the sole right to sue for past and present patent infringements thereof.
Several of Defendant's products, including the iPhone 5, iPad, and MacBook Air (collectively referred to as "Accused Products"), include a gallium nitride thin film semiconductor device claimed by the '738 patent and thus infringe one or more claims of the '738 patent.
The Trustees of Boston University demand a trial by jury.
The patent infringement case presented in today's report was filed in the Massachusetts District Court, Boston Office under case number 1:2013cv11575. The presiding judge is noted as being F. Dennis Saylor.
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