Are Samsung and Apple hugging it out in the courtroom now?
Here we are, back again with yet another installment of the soap opera that is Samsung vs. Apple. The two giant electronics makers have engaged one another in legal warfare on just about every continent on the planet, but this installment comes to us from the Court of the Hague in the Netherlands.
The dispute in this particular case is over a European patent called ‘Touch event model’ which outlines the way that Apple handles accidental presses outside of an intended touch target. Apple claims that Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 2.3 and higher infringe on the patent.
In addition to a sales ban, Apple wants the judge to order a recall of all Galaxy devices that run Gingerbread and higher from Dutch distributors and resellers. ….We’re starting to see a trend here, aren’t we?
Now, here’s the twist — and get ready for a good chuckle.
Rather than throwing mud back and forth at one another, like we’re used to seeing, it looks like the two are in a war of — wait for it — trading compliments.
While Apple’s technology is a “very nice invention,” the technique used in Android differs from the iOS solution, argued Bas Berghuis van Woortman, one of Samsung’s lawyers. Because the Android based method is more hierarchical the system is more complex and therefore harder for developers to use, he said.
Apple entirely disagrees. “They suggest that they have a lesser solution, but that is simply not true,” said Apple’s lawyer Theo Blomme to judge Peter Blok, who presided over a team of three judges, in a response to Samsung’s claim. The technique used in Android does solve a multiple input “conflict situation” and in that way the Android software essentially does the same as Apple’s, he said.
Let’s not take this act of “friendliness” as a sign that the two are anywhere near resolving their issues with one another. This is more of a, “What else can we dig up to bury the axe — in the other’s back?”
Will the madness ever end? We’ll just have to wait and see.
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