The Boston Herald is reporting that Boston University is suing Apple for patent infringement regarding a "thin film semiconductor device" found in products ranging from the iPhone to the iPad and the MacBook Air.
The patent in question is titled "Highly Insulating Monocrystalline Gallium Nitride thin Films".
The Herald writes:
In a bombshell lawsuit filed yesterday in U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, the university alleges that a small electronic component patented by computer engineering professor Theodore D. Moustakas in 1997 is included in the 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 alleges in its complaint.
The report also notes that the University has wielded the same patent against other tech companies, including Amazon and Samsung.The complaint is embedded below.