updated 11:26 am EDT, Wed July 3, 2013
iPad, iPhone 5, MacBook Air listed as infringing hardware
Boston University is suing Apple over infringement of a patent for thin, insulating monocrystalline gallium nitride films. The Boston Herald reports that the case was filed Tuesday through the US District Court of Massachusetts, and that the patent in question dates back to 1997, credited to computer engineering professor Theodor Moustakas. The university lists the iPad, iPhone 5, and MacBook Air as infringing products.
The patent has already been used in eight claims in total, including ones against Amazon and Samsung. While the Apple component allegedly violating the Moustakas patent is a minor one, Endpoint Technologies analyst Roger Kay estimates that a victory for the university could be worth as much as $75 million.