University sues Apple for patent infringement

According to PC World, Boston University is seeking to ban Apple from selling some of its products, besides demanding damages for the alleged infringement of a semiconductor patent invented by a university professor.

The patent was invented by Theodore D. Moustakas, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the university, and was assigned to the trustees of the university, according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Several of Apple’s products, including the iPhone 5, iPad, and MacBook Air include the gallium nitride thin film semiconductor device claimed by the patent and thus infringe one or more claims of the patent, according to the complaint on Tuesday. It did not specify where in its products Apple infringes the patent which seems to relate to LEDs.

The patent is titled “Highly insulating monocrystalline gallium nitride thin films,” and was issued in November 1997.