Boston University sues Apple, seeks to ban the sale of iPhone 5, iPad, and MacBook Air

boston university seeks ban of apple products

Boston University this week has filed a complaint against Apple for infringing a technology patent filed by one of its professor way back in 1997. The complaint which is asking the federal court to ban the sale of Apple products including the iPhone 5, the iPad and the MacBook Air, states that said Apple products contain “a gallium nitride thin film semiconductor device.” Boston University claims that said device is still under patent protection which was filed by a Professor named Theodore Moustakas in 1995.

What’s even worst for Apple is the fact that Boston University is also seeking for an accounting of Apple’s profits aside from asking for banning the sale of Apple products. But then again, we don’t expect to get affected by such a legal complaint, right? It’s either Apple fights the patent complaint or settle what it rightfully owes the Boston University if the court decides against Apple.

You can read the full text of the complaint filed by the Boston University from the source link below.

[via GigaOM]

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  • Frank

    GO BU, GO!

    Fight fire with fire! Apple was the one who thought such behavior was cool.
    I sincerely hope this will be /very/ expensive for Apple. BTW: Asking to ban sales is clever! It puts pressure on these Apples*


    is there any cool acronym for Apple and Assh*? Just like ‘Glasshole’ for people invading our privacy using Google Glasses.

  • Coyote

    Exactly why patents should be eliminated or only have a 5 or 10 year lifespan. That’s plenty of time to recoup R&D. With tech moving so fast someone invents a method then forgets about it for 20 years, then someone else actually applies the tech and starts profiting from it and they get punished. And whos to say Apple didn’t come up with their own way of applying the film? The court documents read like every other boiler plate form, there is no direct point where they say apple stole or acquired said prof. work.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    I have a feeling that Boston U doesn’t want to ban sales of Apple products as much as it wants a cut of the profits.