Trustees of Boston University sue Apple over patent infringement

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The Board of Trustees at Boston University have filed a lawsuit against technology giant Apple. The lawsuit is over an alleged patent infringement of a semiconductor that Apple uses in its iPhone 5, iPad 2, and MacBook Air.  The patent in question, gallium nitride thin film semiconductor, which is used for the devices LED light, is said to have been invented and patented by one of the university’s professor, Theodore D. Moustakas  in 1997 acording to the trustees. Moustakas is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the university.

In the lawsuit, the university is asking adequate compensation, which could total as much as $75 million, as well as, stopping the sales of the items that currently use the product.

Apple isn’ t the first group to be sued over this same patent. The univeristy has also filed suit against Amazon for its Kindle Paperwhite and Fire and Samsung for its Galaxy Tab 2 and Chromebook use of the semiconductor.

Click here to see the lawsuit filed on July 2, 2013.

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