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Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Patents | 0 comments

Boston University sues Apple for patent infringement

Boston University sues Apple for patent infringement

University has started a legal process against for alleged patent infringement in the manufacture of the iPhone 5, the and the MacBook Air. According to the allegation, the Cupertino violated the patent number 738 , which implies a method for making sheets of gallium nitride semiconductor that help produce blue lasers cheaper and compact (a component commonly used in LED screens).

Under the charge that the transgression of Apple “has caused and will continue to cause substantial and irreparable damage to the University”, the school has sought compensation for about USD $ 80 million, in addition to requesting the suspension in the sale and distribution of demand-related products.

The patent, which was recorded in the mid-90s by a college professor, will expire in 2015, so take advantage of their force responsible seek to continue the legal process against Apple and other companies like Samsung and Amazon.

This is not the first time that Boston University raises his voice to indicate a violation of his patent. In 2006, the same institution, in conjunction with the company that authorizes the use of the invention, sued a company for the same reasons, but in the end everything worked out with financial compensation. It is likely that the story against Apple is settled in the same way, but you can not rule out that Cupertino looking for alternatives to overcome the payment.

Link: Boston University sues Apple over patented blue lasers in the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air (The Verge)

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