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07-03-2013, 04:04 PM #1
Boston University Files Lawsuit Against Apple
Here's something we haven't reported in close to ten minutes now... Apple is being sued.
Hey, at least this time the lawsuit is from an unexpected new courtroom rival, which makes it a little more interesting than usual... especially if Boston is your hometown or where you went to school. As it turns out, Boston University says Apple capitalized on a computer engineering professor’s patented electronic semiconductor and benefited financially from his creation by "stuffing it into the world’s most popular devices."
Filed in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, BU says a small electronic component patented by computer engineering professor Theodore D. Moustakas in 1997 can now be found in Apple's iPhone 5, iPad, and MacBook Air.
“Defendant’s acts of infringement have caused and will continue to cause substantial and irreparable damage to the University,” BU argues in its strongly-worded complaint.
The Boston Herald is now hyping the impending legal showdown like a world heavyweight boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
At stake is a bonanza of cash, thanks to Apple’s habit of breaking sales records left and right. The company sold its 100 millionth iPad last year, and 55 million iPhone 5 units alone were reportedly sold as of May.
Source: Boston Herald
07-03-2013, 04:29 PM #2
I'd like to know how this is causing "irreparable damage". Infringement is wrong, but you're not going bankrupt for god's sake...
07-03-2013, 06:07 PM #3
Lawyers always try to exaggerate as much as possible to try and get more than what their client deserves, also a way to scare defendant to settle out of court.
But it could be "irreparable damage", you never know until all the information comes out. Maybe BU was negotiating with a company to create a revolutionary device, knowing Apple is a lawsuit happy company, this company thought component design was stolen from Apple and BU lost lucrative contract which they will never get back. You never know.
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07-03-2013, 08:37 PM #5
Not for nothing, but how revolutionary could a semiconductor be today that was designed in 1997? I call BS!
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07-03-2013, 09:31 PM #7
Funny to see this now because I'm currently attending their Tanglewood music festival. I don't think this is going to end well for Boston though.
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07-04-2013, 12:09 AM #11
Samsung is behind this some how
07-04-2013, 02:22 AM #12
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07-04-2013, 05:23 PM #13
What component is it? What is the patent for?
If its fundamental to the iPhone and they have a genuine case then $seems small, if it's an irrelevant piece it is far to high, are they trying it on or do they have a case?He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
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07-04-2013, 10:42 PM #16
Found a way not to have to raise tuitions again, eh? What BS this is.
07-05-2013, 09:26 AM #17
(And no, before anyone says it, I don't use an Android. I have an iPhone and an iPad. I just don't think Apple is above criticism.)
07-05-2013, 10:42 AM #18