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Apple loses patent infringement battle

Small Spanish tablet firm sues iPad maker for anti-competitive behaviour

Apple has lost a patent infringement battle with small Spanish tablet manufacturer Nuevas Tecnologias y Energias Catala (NT-K).
Apple has lost a patent infringement battle with small Spanish tablet manufacturer Nuevas Tecnologias y Energias Catala (NT-K).

Apple has lost a patent infringement against small Spanish tablet maker Nuevas Tecnologias y Energias Catala (NT-K), according to Reuters. 

This marks a rare victory against the electronics giant, which is currently fighting court cases with Samsung on patent infringements across the globe.

NT-K successfully appealed a 2010 injunction from a local court to ban the import of its tablet computer, which is manufactured in China, to Spain.

"We think that, given this was during the launch of the iPad, [Apple] was trying to keep as many tablets from entering the market as possible," Pedro David Pelaez, a founding partner of NT-K told Reuters.

"We're nothing; let's be realistic. I don't think they were looking just for us, but the sum of all of us together was something," he said, referring to other makers of similar products.

NT-K, from the Valencia region of Spain, is now suing Apple for anti-competitive behaviour and is demanding compensation for losses during the ban of its product.

NT-K, which is also developing software for computerised ordering at restaurants, had forecast the sale of 15,000 tablets in 2011, before the legal problems, for a total of between $6.2 to $6.9 million, Pelaez said.

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