Trustees of Boston University v. Apple, Inc.

Filing 1

COMPLAINT against Apple, Inc. Filing fee: $ 400, receipt number 0101-4527400 (Fee Status: Filing Fee paid), filed by Trustees of Boston University. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet, # 3 Civil Category Form)(Belt, Erik) (Attachment 3 replaced on 7/11/2013) (Maynard, Timothy).

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS TRUSTEES OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY, Plaintiff, v. APPLE, INC. Defend ant. _______________________________________ ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Civil Action No. COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT AND JURY DEMAND Plaintiff Trustees of Boston University, by and through its undersigned attorneys, hereby pleads the following claim of patent infringement against Apple, Inc. (“Apple”) and alleges as follows: PARTIES 1. Plaintiff Trustees of Boston University (“BU” or the “University”) is a non-profit educational institution with its principal place of business at One Silber Way, Boston, Massachusetts 02215. 2. The University is one of the largest private universities in the United States, and one of the largest employers in Boston, with more than 10,000 faculty and staff and over 33,000 students. It conducts a diverse range of interdisciplinary, collaborative and innovative research projects across a broad spectrum of academic departments, programs, centers and institutes, including research in the field of electrical and computer engineering. BU faculty members have won five Nobel Prizes and BU has been awarded hundreds of United States Patents, including U.S. Patent No. 5,686,738 (the “’738 patent”). 1 ME1 15909305v.1 3. Upon information and belief, Defendant Apple, Inc. is a corporation organized under the laws of California, and it is principal place of business is 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California 95014. Apple’s registered agent for service of process in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is CT Corporation System, which is located at 155 Federal Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02110. JURISDICTION AND VENUE 4. This is an action for patent infringement arising under the patent laws of the United States of America, Title 35 of the United States Code. This Court has subject matter jurisdiction over the matters pled herein under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1338(a) in that this is a civil action arising out of the patent laws of the United States of America. 5. Defendant regularly and deliberately engaged in and continues to engage in activities that result in using, selling, offering for sale, and/or importing infringing products in and/or into the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and this judicial district. These activities violate the University’s United States patent rights under the ’738 patent pled herein. This Court has personal jurisdiction over Defendant because, among other things, Defendant conducts business in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in this judicial district and thus enjoy the privileges and protections of Massachusetts law. 6. Venue is proper in the District of Massachusetts pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1391(b), (c) and (d) and 1400(b). COUNT I: INFRINGEMENT OF U.S. PATENT NO. 5,686,738 7. The ’738 patent, titled “Highly Insulating Monocrystalline Gallium Nitride Thin Films,” issued on November 11, 1997. A true and correct copy of the ’738 patent is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 2 ME1 15909305v.1 8. Theodore D. Moustakas, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at BU, is the named inventor of the ’738 patent. The University owns by assignment the entire right, title, and interest in and to the ’738 patent, including the sole right to sue for past and present patent infringements thereof. 9. Several of Defendant’s products, including the iPhone 5, iPad, and MacBook Air (collectively referred to as “Accused Products”), include a gallium nitride thin film semiconductor device claimed by the ’738 patent and thus infringe one or more claims of the ’738 patent. 10. The University is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that the applicable requirements of 35 U.S.C. § 287 have been satisfied. 11. The University is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that Defendant has infringed, and continue to infringe, one or more claims of the ’738 patent, in violation of 35 U.S.C. § 271(a), by, among other things, making using, offering to sell, selling and/or importing in and/or into the United States, without authority or license from the University, the Accused Products falling within the scope of one or more claims of the ’738 patent. 12. Defendant’s acts of infringement have caused and will continue to cause substantial and irreparable damage to the University. 13. As a result of the infringement of the ’738 patent by Defendant, the University has been damaged. The University is, therefore, entitled to such damages pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 284 in an amount that presently cannot be pled but that will be determined at trial. PRAYER FOR RELIEF WHEREFORE, the University prays for entry of judgment against Defendant as follows: A. That Defendant directly infringed the ’738 patent under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a); 3 ME1 15909305v.1 B. That Defendant provide to the University an accounting of all gains, profits and advantages derived by Defendant’s infringement of the ’738 patent, and that the University be awarded damages adequate to compensate them for the wrongful infringement by Defendant, in accordance with 35 U.S.C. § 284; C. That the University be awarded any other supplemental damages and interest on all damages, including, but not limited to attorney fees available under 35 U.S.C. § 285. D. That the Court permanently enjoin Defendant and all those in privity with Defendant from making, having made, selling, offering for sale, distributing and/or using products that infringe the ’738 patent, including the Accused Products, in the United States; and E. That the University be awarded such other and further relief as this Court may deem just and proper, including but not limited to equitable relief and all remedies available at law. DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 38(b), the University hereby demands a trial by jury on all issues triable to a jury. Respectfully submitted, TRUSTEES OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY By its attorneys, /s/ Erik Paul Belt Erik Paul Belt (BBO # 558620) ebelt@mccarter.com Kelly A. Gabos (BBO # 666219) kgabos@mccarter.com McCarter & English, LLP 265 Franklin Street Boston, Massachusetts 02210 Telephone: (617) 449-6506 Facsimile: (617) 607-6035 4 ME1 15909305v.1 Of Counsel Michael W. Shore (Texas 18294915) Alfonso Garcia Chan (Texas 24012408) Eve Henson (Texas 00791462) Andrew M. Howard (Texas 24059973) SHORE CHAN BRAGALONE DEPUMPO LLP 901 Main Street, Suite 3300 Dallas, Texas 75202 Telephone: (214) 593-9110 Facsimile: (214) 593-9111 Dated: July 2, 2013 5 ME1 15909305v.1