The University of Minnesota alleges the four largest U.S. wireless service providers illegally used technology developed by one of its professors.
The U of M filed complaints in Minnesota U.S. District Court Wednesday, which allege patent infringement of technology relating to 4G LTE service by Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, according to a U of M news release.
“Every day, our faculty is developing life-changing inventions and cures for the common good; that is what a great research university does,” University President Eric Kaler said in the release. “We must vigorously protect our faculty, those discoveries and the overall interests of our University.”
The university says professor Georgios Giannakis, Ph.D., and his co-inventors had patents on wireless technology that improved network reliability and speed – aspects of 4G LTE service that the four wireless companies use and promote to their millions of customers, the release says.
The university is seeking fair royalty from the companies and has asked for a jury trial.