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Small Spanish tablet maker wins Apple lawsuit, countersues for anticompetitive behavior

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Small Spanish tablet maker wins Apple lawsuit, countersues for anticompetitive behavior
If you're a small company, there's nothing worse than a lawsuit coming from a huge corporation like Apple. Spanish tablet maker NT-K felt it first-hand when a patent infringement lawsuit from Apple struck in 2010, but since then the story has started to take a surprising David-and-Goliath turn. 

The Spanish manufacturer was accused of copying the design of Apple's iPad, but it managed to successfully defend itself in court and actually prove that it's not infringing on any patents. To examplify, NT-K's tablet foray, here are more details about the NT-K Pad A91: an Android-based slate with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4 gigs of internal storage. Sounds like a typical Android tablet doesn't it? NT-K has also added connectivity options such as a mini USB port and USB 2.0.

Small Spanish tablet maker wins Apple lawsuit, countersues for anticompetitive behavior
So after winning against Cupertino, NT-K can now focus on... countersuing! The Spanish tablet maker accuses Apple of anti-competitive behavior. The company has also filed another lawsuit demanding moonetary compensation for lost profits and “moral damages.”

What do you think will be the outcome of this? Could Apple lose the battle to small tablet makers, while generally winning in court rooms against its biggest rivals like Samsung?

source: FOSS Patents


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posted on 02 Nov 2011, 10:10 24

1. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


hahaha.. Apple sucked balls..

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 10:13 17

2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


point android.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 10:20 21

3. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Apple, anti-competitive??? Noooo, they must be mistaken.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 10:26 10

4. krysis (Posts: 76; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)


good for them!

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 10:35 18

5. downphoenix (Posts: 2416; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Go NT-K, whoever you are, get everything you can from Apple!

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 10:47 14

6. snowgator (Posts: 3299; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Wow. Apple had been on a roll with decisions in their favor against Samsung and HTC (those cases are far from over, of course) and this little guy takes them down.

Goliath, meet David. We need you to wipe him out. Don't worry about those pebbles he is picking up...

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 14:11 7

22. MEeee (Posts: 284; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I hope this cafe win too. It was sued by Apple over her apple logo.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2055869/German-cafe-Apfelkind-logo-dispute-Apple.html

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 01:34

29. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


haha funny how u referance that when apple is simply saying dont trademark the thing that looks like ours... they are not suing at all rather trying to prevent a lawsuit..

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 08:49

31. Evooo (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


You are such a coward. You just crawled back to your shell everytime the big guy bully you around.

Since she was threatened by Apple and fighting back, Apple will sue her.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/right-click/apple-threatens-sue-small-german-cafe-logo-205037880.html

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 11:00 13

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Good for them! Now let's see Apple have to pay for suing everyone over "patent infringement."

Any success Apple gains through its lawsuits will be short lived. Eventually they'll have to deal with the concept that competition exists.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 11:57 1

13. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


How dare Apple sues to protect their products and their brand. It's not like the competitors haven't copied them or anything.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 12:10 11

15. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


How dare anyone else make a tablet that's a rectangle with rounded edges? After all, tablets have only looked like that for about EIGHT YEARS PRIOR to the iPad.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 13:35 1

20. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Riight, because Android hasn't infringed on any patents or copied any designs and/or software or anything. I guess I was so mistaken.

P.S. thumbing my comments down won't affect me since I am still going to give my opinion, with support of course, so please continue proving my point.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 14:06 11

21. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And Apple's designs and everything, software, communications tech, and hardware is all completely original, right?

We can exchange snarky comments back and forth all day. Doesn't change the fact that you're enacting a beautiful double standard for Apple. And for the record, there's very little that you can claim Android "stole" from iOS. Ooh, touchscreen. Ooh, icons. SO original, Apple.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 15:04 1

23. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Nothing in the tech world is ever original, just like the precious Motorola phones you love defending. But here, we're talking about style and execution, something Apple has done that no other manufacturer has been able to duplicate, other than through copying what Apple has done, aka Samsung.

Yes, we could. But I don't have all the time of day to go around and making double standard comments on Apple while backpedaling on anything said about Android.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 17:47 6

24. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You got Apple and Android backward there, son.

But seriously, other companies have come up with some great phone designs without out and out copying Apple, and the physical design of the Captivate was gorgeous while differentiating from the iPhone.

The iPhone is actually quite bland. It's boring. It's generic. Phones like the Photon and Razr offer up unique design cues while still retaining a familiar form factor.

Miz, you can go ahead and like Apple. You don't have to like Android. But for f**k's sake, learn to give credit where it's due.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 22:42 1

26. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


No I didn't, I said exactly what I meant to say, son.

Right, because Samsung didn't copy Apple's design in any way, shape, or form. I mean it's not like the first impression someone gets when they see a Galaxy S phone is "iPhone."

Oh riight, the iPhone is bland. But I see you wasted little time in smooching all over Motorola since you named two of their devices and not any other Android devices. It's not like everyone's a big happy family with Motoblur and all.

You first.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 00:02 3

27. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You're right. I am first. I do give Apple credit where it's due. They make quality devices that are easy to learn and use and work well, and they have robust support for apps.

The iPhone design has remained virtually unchanged since 2007. Okay, so now instead of a chrome bezel it has a giant f**king antenna around the edge, and instead of being rounded on the back, it's squared off, which cuts into the palm nicely. Awesome ergonomics. Sarcasm.

Anyway. Yes, I love Motorola phones and I like Motoblur. I think they and HTC do the best job with smartphone design. I just like Moto's aesthetics a little more, so I chose to mention them. And their devices are the most unique looking on the market.

I've never denied that Samsung didn't take design cues from the iPhone for many versions of the Galaxy S, but I don't condemn them because the Captivate exists. Also, the S2 is different enough that it doesn't draw any ire from me. They're also working on differentiating their designs even further.

The Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S are also really nice phones that are pretty different from other phones out there.

Android is not an iPhone clone, and the Android OEMs do not make iPhone clones. Apart from being a rectangle with rounded edges, and its home button, what significant design cue does the iPhone have over other phones when youre looking at it?

Come on, Miz. You're smarter than this.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 00:05 3

28. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6741; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


The_Miz. SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND KNOW YOU'RE ROLL

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 11:03 11

8. joseg81 (Posts: 168; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


it's awesome that they won and are standing up for themselves :)

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 11:11 9

9. remixfa (Posts: 14179; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


go get those bullying jerks!!!! lol.. i hope they win some rediculous settlement and make apple scared to keep up its current bad behavior.

who knows, maybe under Cook, things will settle down.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 11:29 11

10. hunted (Posts: 353; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


go ntk, shut them down!!!

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 11:50 9

11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6741; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


THANK goodness someone in the courts see what an ass APPLE been anti-competitive behavior is the key word. Congrats to those guys now lets hope all other judges in other countries see what kind of an ass hole APPLE have been and show them how afraid their are of competition and don't want to compete

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 11:54 12

12. corporateJP (Posts: 1852; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Nice...Apple sued somebody again for making a rectangle and this time, some non-left-leaning judge somewhere actually ruled against them.

There is some ounce of sanity left in this world.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 12:18

16. SuperEd (Posts: 113; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


You are SO right!!!! Left leaners!!!! down with them. It's a joke!!!

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 12:05 4

14. cncrim (Posts: 549; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Wey wey ......

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 13:06 7

18. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


lol still cant believe someone was dumb enough to give apple a design patent on a rectangle with a screen.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 13:21 6

19. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


They should win their countersuit pretty easy, Apple would be wise to settle with them. To save on legal costs and potential higher payments, not to mention bad publicity.

Apple needs to stop suing people for making rectangles with rounded edges. If they were really concerned about people stealing the iPad and iPhone stuff, they'd not make them in china, where they get stolen all the time to make Chinese knockoffs.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 22:27 3

25. Firedrops (Posts: 216; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


Few days later apple might patent the entire process of suing.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 04:06 2

30. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


With the passing of Jobs it appears the Reality Distortion Field is breaking down.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 10:20

32. Fallout09 (Posts: 419; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Ooops. Looks like someone forgot to fill Job's role of "spiking the Koolade"

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