Boston University sues Apple for patent infringement

Boston University sues Apple for patent infringement
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, without licensing it. 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. Last year, Apple sold its 100 millionth tablet.

Boston University has already filed claims against eight other manufacturers including Samsung and Amazon. One tech analyst, Roger Kay of Endpoint Technologies Associates, believes that if BU wins its case against Apple, it could end up netting as much as $75 million. He says that a settlement could also result in that high of a payout. What might sway a jury in the University's favor is the fact that at least one company pays a licensing fee to use the component in question.


source: BostonHerald via electronista

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29 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Good luck for Boston University! :)

5. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 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.

17. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

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

30. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

more BAD KARMA for APPLE. LETS GO BOSTON!!

33. stealthd unregistered

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

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

A new player joined the Holy Patient War haha

13. Castro90

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

"Holy Patient" lol

22. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

haha my bad :P

3. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

how do you like dem apples, apple?

4. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

10. ihatesmartphone unregistered

LOL XD

6. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Patent trolling at its finest.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17181; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

18. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17181; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

9. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 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.

11. MartianMe unregistered

some one is about to get pay...Lol

12. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

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

14. Castro90

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

21. MartianMe unregistered

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

23. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

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

25. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Now that would be patent trolling

27. tedkord

Posts: 17181; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That would be justice.

34. stealthd unregistered

No, it wouldn't.

28. Caukerzee

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

29. DarkShadow

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

ha ha ha ha sue them that eye icrap apple

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