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Apple's Legal Goliath Struck Down by Spanish Tablet Maker

Perhaps it's opposite day in the international court system, but it turns out that Apple isn't invulnerable in courts of law after all. After a nearly unbroken string of humiliating legal victories over Samsung, it seems Apple has finally met its courthouse match: a tiny Spanish tablet maker called Nuevas Tecnologias.  A Spanish Judge in the city of Quart de Poblet has now overturned a previous decision granting an injunction against Nuevas Tecnologias have have dismissed commercial and criminal charges brought against them by apple.

At issue is Nuevas Tecnologias' NK-T slate, accused by Apple of (of course) infringing on the iPad design. Apple first filed their claim in 2010, and were quickly granted a preliminary injunction that restricted sales of NK-T to only 200 units. At the time Apple received their preliminary ruling, Spanish customs agents seized China-bound shipments of Nuevas Tecnologias tablets. This led to N.T. being briefly listed on an EU list of known technology pirates, at which point Apple outrageously filed additional criminal charges. Now that the case has been thrown out, Nuevas Tecnologias is suing to recoup court costs and better still, pursuing anti-trust charges for what they allege - quite rightly from appearances - is a pattern of anticompetitive behavior by Apple.

Nuevas Tecnologias have posted a statement (in Castilian Spanish) posted to the company blog saying in part that "We are a small company like many others. In these times of crisis we [are] trying to get ahead, and it seems grossly unfair that a company the caliber of Apple has to use its dominant influence."

  • soo-nah-mee
    This makes me happy. Love the moneybags pic too.
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  • species8472
    Apple beaten? And by a little guy at that! Never thought I'd see the day.
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  • aznguy0028
    So awesome, more judges out there need to rule like that spanish judge!
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  • FlayerSlayer
    This just made my day!
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  • jellico
    I remember Apple's famous "Big Brother" commercial from way back when. They wanted to make a statement against IBM being the big, bully corporation trying to restrict peoples choices (and thoughts). How ironic that Apple has become they very thing that Steve Jobs claimed he so despised.
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  • tacoslave
    its a great day when apple gets its shit flung back to them
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  • memadmax
    If you think unemployment in the US is bad, Spain is 10 times worse.... And I would think that Apple would be "cool" and layoff the patent infringements for just "breathing" in these countries.....
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  • zorky9
    Judge: Manzana me da diarrea.
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  • getreal
    Oh, so it should be allowed to steal, because it is a small company...like that makes it any better.

    Theft is theft, period.
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  • getreal
    FlayerSlayerThis just made my day!Must have a pretty depressing life.
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