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Boston University sues Apple for patent infringement

0. phoneArena 03 Jul 2013, 12:23 posted on

Boston University is suing Apple, alleging that the Cupetino based tech giant used an electronic component that was invented by computer engineering professor Theodor Moustakas; the small part, patented in 1997, is found in the Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPad and MacBook Air. This could end up being an amazing windfall for the school considering that 55 million Apple iPhone 5 units were sold as of May...

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posted on 03 Jul 2013, 12:25 20

1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Good luck for Boston University! :)

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 12:46 7

5. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


This is a new height of Apple patent trolling business. Now Apple is teaching suing to universities. Next will be Boston University V/s Harvard.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 14:09 11

17. jdoee100 (Posts: 269; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Apple has no one to blame. They opened the pandora's box.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 19:48

30. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


more BAD KARMA for APPLE. LETS GO BOSTON!!

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 11:48 1

33. stealthd (Posts: 866; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Are you supporting their suit against Samsung and Amazon too? Or just Apple because they're in the headline?

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 12:38 9

2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 825; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


A new player joined the Holy Patient War haha

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 13:26 6

13. Castro90 (Posts: 27; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


"Holy Patient" lol

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 15:32

22. jaytai0106 (Posts: 825; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


haha my bad :P

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 12:41 2

3. evarod48 (Posts: 130; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


how do you like dem apples, apple?

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 12:43 9

4. rawbow (Posts: 405; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


M gonna check my family tree again..hope I find that professor listed there somewhere.. Man 75 million!!

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 13:07 2

10. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


LOL XD

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 12:52 7

6. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Yea Boston!. I hope you win and get that 75 million dollars. Apple honestly deserve that and i can say that with no regret because they are a piece of crap of a company. they say they don;t want copying and yet they literally copy other OS's aka Android. What a bunch of hypocrites man. Seriously grow some balls.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 12:59 11

7. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4813; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Holy crap! Apple don't have much juice left, and now the Boston University joins the Patent War! lol

Good luck Boston University! You deserve it, Apple.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 13:02 2

8. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Patent trolling at its finest.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 13:41 12

16. tedkord (Posts: 3915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Karma at its finest.

Well, if they demanded a total ban instead of money,that would be Karma at its finest. This is Karma at its second finest.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 14:14 5

18. networkdood (Posts: 5512; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Mxy knows trolling...that is for sure. This is not patent trolling...unlike zmicrosoft or Apple the direct creator of the patent is suing and already has a company paying to use it.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 14:22 3

20. VZWuser76 (Posts: 986; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


So by your definition, anyone can be a patent troll EXCEPT for Apple. Get real.

I have said before that almost anything built is done so using ideas or components that are not their own. There's nothing wrong with that, as long as the originator is compensated. That's what the patent system is there for.

If someone loans money to someone and then expects them to pay it back, they aren't money hungry, they're only expecting to be reimbursed for the loan. You seem to have some really skewed views about this industry. Apple didn't invent it, and they're just as capable of patent infringement as any other company. Take the blinders off and realize while they do produce a good product, they aren't the be all/ end all of the mobile industry.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 16:52 2

26. tedkord (Posts: 3915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No, by his definition everyone except Apple IS a patent troll.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 13:06 2

9. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 350; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Sue sue sue.......if i had a nickel for everytime someone sued somebody, I'd use that money to buy more patents so i could sue again.
Seriously getting tired of all this.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 13:14

11. MartianMe (unregistered)


some one is about to get pay...Lol

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 13:23

12. darkvadervip (Posts: 275; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Really. Did you all not see Samsung getting sued too. So stop jumping on apple unless you getting paid to.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 13:27 3

14. Castro90 (Posts: 27; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Really, did you not see that this post is about Apple. The comments are following correctly.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 15:27 1

21. MartianMe (unregistered)


I read the article ... and out of all those companies..apple is the one who deserves it the most..

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 13:36 6

15. Bernoulli (Posts: 1396; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


what I don't understand is how can the university expect at most only 75million USD, while apple clawed 1.05 billion out of Samsung.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 14:15 4

19. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Exactly. In all reality, $75 mil is easy for Apple to pay out. Probably call it an "education grant."

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 19:50

31. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


The University should of ask 1.05 BILLION from Apple they have plenty of cash more than any other company

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 23:07

32. Bernoulli (Posts: 1396; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Technically they still have yet to ask, the judge is the one that determines the amount awarded, all in all let's hope the judge isn't Lucy koh again

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 15:33 1

23. GoBears (Posts: 304; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Samsung should buy the patent for some ridiculous amount and then go for a sales ban.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 16:01

25. sum182 (Posts: 217; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Now that would be patent trolling

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 16:54 6

27. tedkord (Posts: 3915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That would be justice.

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 11:50 1

34. stealthd (Posts: 866; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


No, it wouldn't.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 17:08

28. Caukerzee (Posts: 35; Member since: 02 Jul 2013)


That money is just peanuts for apple though. They could give double that amount to BU and not feel as if anything has happened.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 19:35

29. DarkShadow (Posts: 51; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


ha ha ha ha sue them that eye icrap apple

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