Boston University Sues Apple Over 1997 Patent
It asks court to stop sales on iPads, iPhones, and MacBook Air
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 4, 2013 9:00 AM CDT
An iPhone is seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – Boston University is asking a court to stop the sales of the iPhone 5, iPad, and MacBook Air, claiming that all those products infringe on a patent filed by one of its professors back in 1997. The patent covers a method of generating blue lasers in a cheap, compact fashion using gallium nitride film semiconductors. The school wants a cut of all the profits Apple has made on all those devices, plus interest, which an expert tells CNET could amount to $75 million.

But don't worry Apple junkies, the court probably won't take those devices off the market, nor will BU really pressure it to do so; the request is pro forma, the Verge explains, included in almost all such lawsuits. And if BU seems like an unlikely litigant, you should know it has tried to enforce this same patent before, suing both Amazon and Samsung over it in just the past year. (In other must-read tech news, the visionary inventor of the computer mouse has died.)

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Jul 23, 2013 8:57 PM CDT
Thomas Edison would be proud. I'm surprised his family has not sued for patent infringement. Thomas Edison was a prolific attorney who spent most of his time in court and not a lab. That's how he got most of his money to hire people to do development for him. One example is the motion picture camera. They were already in operation in Europe but he couldn't obtain one from Lumiere. He decided to steal Lumiere's design and make his own monstrosity. His kinetoscope was born but it was not original. He made money from the US patents. Then he threatened anyone who used Lumiere's cinematograph in the USA. It is rumored to have spurred the creation of Hollywood. There is also some anecdotal evidence he ether killed or had Eadweard Muybridge. Muybridge would have testified he gave Edison the idea for the motion picture camera. He died before he could do that. Edison also tried to patent the idea for television. He was struck down because he just copied other people's ideas such as Nipkow and could not make a working model. John Baird got the patent because he had a working model and could explain the science. Edison was a third rate hack and he would fit in well with Boston U.
Jul 4, 2013 6:39 PM CDT
"Picasso had a saying - 'good artists copy, great artists steal' "
Jul 4, 2013 6:39 PM CDT
Apple junkies? Yep I like Granny Smith!