In what appears as an attempt to circumvent a likely sales ban in The Netherlands (Holland), Samsung has conceded that Apple’s multitouch iOS operating system is much better than Google’s Android.
The new patent quibble among the tech giants sees Apple asserting claims against Samsung Galaxy devices for multitouch patent infringement.
Apple specifically targets Samsung’s alleged encroachment on its “touch event model” patent, which involves a method to stop users from unintentionally pressing two buttons simultaneously.
If Apple wins this case, Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread could be banned from EU countries because the South Korean phone maker’s European distribution center is in the Netherlands.
Perhaps to avoid the risk, Samsung has admitted that Apple’s multitouch software is better than Google’s efforts in Android and called it a “very nice invention”, Macworld reports.
Apple, as expected, disagreed the claims from Samsung’s lawyers, and said, “They [Samsung] suggest that they have a lesser solution, but that is simply not true.”
Samsung’s lawyers further argued that Apple’s patent is null and void because it is similar to other technologies.
A ruling in this case is expected on 24 October.
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