Tiny Tablet Beheads a King

The European tablet market is going to get more crowded as a tiny Spanish tablet company has handed Apple a major legal defeat.

Nuevas Tecnologias y Energias Catala, based in Spain, has an NT-K tablet that Apple claimed infringes upon iPad patents. The lawsuit was started last year around this time when Apple sought to ban imports of the tablet into Spain — the tablet is physically manufactured in China.

A Spanish court removed the current injunction against the tablet, saying that there are no legal grounds to stop the sale of the NT-K.

The NT-K runs a Spanish-language version of Android that was written by the company’s programmers and only sold about 200 units because of its previous problems with the Apple litigation.

Nuevas Tecnologias will file a lawsuit asking for compensation for the losses it incurred from the injunction. The company expected to sell around 15,000 tablets in all of 2012.

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