After trying to take a bite out of Apple, Boston University is suing two new big-name brands: Hewlett-Packard and LG, both based on the work of the school’s 2013 “Innovator of the Year” Theodore Moustakas.
The companies allegedly violated a 1997 patent Boston University holds on a technique for building LEDs, as pointed out by Universal Hub. Called “Highly Insulating Monocrystalline Gallium Nitride Thin Films,” the patent has been infringed differently by each party.
In the lawsuit filed against HP, Boston University alleged the company’s HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook, HP Slate 7 Tablet and HP Pavilion 20xi IPS monitor “include a gallium nitride thin film semiconductor device claimed by the ‘738 patent and this infringe one or more claims of the ‘738 patent.” As for LG, the products in question include the LG LED Lamp A19 12.5W and the LG LED High Power.
Theodore Moustakas, an electrical engineering and computer science professor, is considered the co-inventor of the blue LED and was recently recognized at July’s Fourth Annual Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll event. Within the last year, Moustakas has published nine peer-written papers, filed five patents and seen $4 million invested in his company RayVio, which is developing UV LEDs that provide a low-cost, durable and energy-efficient substitute for mercury lamps in the water purification and disinfection market.
Before the year’s end, perhaps Moustakas will help win Boston University a couple of lawsuits. The school is asking for an immediate end to the sale of the alleged patent-offending products, and that’s in addition to damages.
The school’s suit against Apple is also over the same LED claim—a claim the institution has filed a total of eight identical times in the last year against other manufacturers and device makers, including Samsung and Amazon, according to the Boston Herald.
Bets on which company the school will try and take on next?