The battle rages on between Samsung and Apple over very expensive patent infringement claims. This time, the fight is in the Netherlands, and Samsung has taken an unusual line of defense against the charges by arguing that its touchscreen is not as good as Apple's. The company said that its multitouch software is more complex for developers to use than Apple's touch event model. The Android version also works on the application level rather than at the level of the operating system, as it does for iOS.
The legal team for Samsung said those two differences mean that there is no patent infringement. Apple's response is that there are enough similarities in the software to count as an infraction. "They suggest that they have a lesser solution, but that is simply not true," said Theo Blomme, a lawyer for Apple. Depending on the outcome of the legal fight, Samsung could face a Dutch recall of all Galaxy devices and a ban on smartphones running Android 2.3 or higher. Stay tuned.
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