Apple has seen a lot of trials throughout its history but the latest one is a little more interesting. The tech giant is not being attack by another competitor (like Samsung) but by a seemingly harmless university professor.
Lecturer Theodore D. Moustakas from the University of Boston claims that he invented the gallium nitride film, the very same that Apple is now employing when assembling iPhones, iPads and MacBook Airs. He explained that his prototype dates back to 1995, way before Apple filed a patent for such films in 1997.
The University of Boston is supporting the professor’s decision to go in a court of law and is asking for the prohibition to sell iPhones, iPads and MacBook Airs in the United States. From their actual petition:
“Several of the Defendant’s products including iPhone 5, iPad and MacBook Air include a gallium nitride thin film semiconductor device claimed by the ‘738 patent and thus infringe one or more claims of the ‘738 patent’
The plaintiff, who teaches electrical computing and engineering, is asking Apple to provide full compensation for the “wrongful infringement”.
Apple has been hitting some rough patches in the lawsuit sector lately. Just in the last months, a court sided with Samsung and its accusation on patent violation. The court ruled that the iPhone 4, iPad and iPad 2 should be pulled off the market. Cupertino is of course trying to appeal the decision and it has 60 days to do so.