“Boston University has sued Apple for allegedly infringing one of its patents to make the iPhone 5, iPad, and MacBook Air,” Adi Robertson reports for The Verge.
“In a suit filed yesterday, the university said that Apple was illegally using its ‘738 patent, which covers a method of making thin gallium nitride film semiconductors that can produce blue lasers cheaply and compactly,” Robertson reports. “The complaint doesn’t specify precisely how Apple is using the patented method, but gallium nitrate films often end up in LED displays. Boston University argues that ‘[Apple’s] acts of infringement have caused and will continue to cause substantial and irreparable damage to the University.'”
Robertson reports, “In return for using its 1997 patent, the university wants Apple to tally the profits it’s derived from the alleged infringement, then hand over commensurate damages and interest on those damages.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Wow, Apple caused irreparable damage to Boston University?
If so, how ’bout just paving the whole thing over? The Boston area can always use some more parking spaces.