Apple Accused Of “Extortion”
Apple has been accused of patents infringement many times. Recently it was also accused of compromising the privacy of iPhone users. However, this time Apple is facing a bizarre accusation of extortion.
Nuevas Tecnologias y Energias Catala, based in the eastern Spanish region of Valencia is accusing Apple of extortion. Nuevas Tecnologias y Energias Catala is a small Spanish firm that actually won an iPad-related patent battle against Apple just two months ago. Now this is a beginning of a new fight between two rivals,based on a serious accusation directed at the Cupertino-California based Apple Inc.
The company now says it is taking aim at Apple by filing an indictment against them. The move has come in response to what Nuevas Apple’s attempts of trying to stop Nuevas Tecnologias y Energias Catala from selling an Android-based NT-K tablet. This is what the Valencia based company has described as “extortion”.
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.
Do you believe that NT-K has chosen a harsh word to describe Apple’s act? Or do you agree with NT-K? Voice your opinion in comments.