Boston University recently filed a lawsuit against Apple for infringing on a patent detailing the use of gallium nitride film. The suit was filed with the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts on the behalf of the trustees of Boston University.
The patent in question is No. 5,686,738 and is titled “Highly Insulating Monocrystalline Gallium Nitride Thin Films.” It was filed in 1995 and issued to Boston University in 1997. The university claims that Apple infringes on the patent by using gallium nitride thin film in its iPhone 5, iPad and MacBook Air products and by “offering to sell, selling and/or importing” them to the United States without licensing the patent. The university also says that, by doing so, Apple is causing “irreparable damage” to the school.
BU is demanding for a jury trial and for Apple to pay damages and, according to MacRumors, also recently sued Samsung for the same infringement.