Theodore Moustakas

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Theodore Moustakas
Alma materAristotle University of Thessaloniki
(B.S., 1964),
Columbia University
(PhD, 1974)
Home townGreece
Scientific career
FieldsOptoelectronics, Photonics
InstitutionsBoston University

Theodore D. Moustakas is a materials physicist. He holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Photonics and Optoelectronics at the Boston University Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.[1] He was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2014[2] for his contributions to the epitaxial growth of nitride semiconductors. He has been granted 62 patents.[3]

Patent infringement lawsuit[edit]

In 2015, Boston University won 13 million dollars in a patent infringement suit, where it was found that three companies had infringed on one of Moustakas' patents related to blue LEDs, used in various cell phones, tablets, laptops, and lighting products.[4][5][6][7] The patent in question is titled Highly insulating monocrystalline gallium nitride thin films (US5686738A), and was filed in 1995 and granted in 1997.[8]

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  1. ^ "Boston University - Profile of Theodore Moustakas". Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  2. ^ "2014 elevated fellow". IEEE Fellows Directory.
  3. ^ "The award-winning Greek physicist with 62 patents". Retrieved 2019-12-06..
  4. ^ Brown, Joel (2015-12-07). "BU Wins $13 Million in Patent Infringement Suit – ENG professor's LED discovery at heart of case". BU Today. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  5. ^ Barlow, Richard (2014-01-15). "Companies Agree to Pay to Settle Patent Infringement Suit – BU to be compensated for technology in popular electronics products". BU Today. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  6. ^ Barlow, Rich (2013-09-24). "BU Sues Leading Tech Firms for Patent Infringement – Dispute involves popular smartphones, tablets, other devices". BU Today. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  7. ^ Brachmann, Steve (2014-11-04). "Nobel Prize Innovation: Lighting the World with Blue LEDs". Retrieved 2019-12-06.
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