Apple Loses Patent Case Against Spanish Tablet Maker

A small Spanish tablet maker has won a patent infringement battle with Apple Inc in a rare victory against the U.S. company in its global defense of markets for its iPads, a court document showed. Spain's Nuevas Tecnologias y Energias Catala has successfully appealed a 2010 injunction from a local court to ban the import of its tablet computer -- manufactured in China -- to Spain.