Apple Blasted with 'Extortion' Accusations
Apple stands accused tonight of what is being described as an act of extortion.
The accuser is Nuevas Tecnologias y Energias Catala, based in the eastern Spanish region of Valencia. As some will recall, this small Spanish firm actually won an iPad-related patent battle against Apple just two months ago. Now the two rivals are back at it, this time over a pretty serious accusation directed at the Cupertino, California-based tech giant.
The company now says it is taking aim at Apple by filing an indictment against the iPhone maker. The move comes in response to what Nuevas says was an act of extortion - Apple trying to stop the company from selling an Android-based NT-K tablet.
Several industry and legal analysts, however, say NT-K's argument is a bit excessive, specifically in that "extortion" denotes a criminal offense, something that is above and beyond the shape most patent-related cases would take.
So while it remains to be seen exactly what will come of this newest entanglement, the language being used is certainly more heated than what we've seen elsewhere in Apple's perpetual patent disputes in global courtrooms.
Source: PC Mag