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Samsung Claims Its Phones Don't Infringe On Apple Patents Because Android Multitouch Sucks

While the big Apple vs Samsung case is finished in the US, there are plenty of other patent skirmishes between the two here and around the globe. In an attempt to narrowly avoid a recall and ban in the Netherlands, Samsung threw Android under the bus, claiming that its’ phones couldn’t be infringing because Android multitouch just isn’t good enough to do so.

The patent in question here is “touch event model” which has to do with preventing users from accidentally pressing two different buttons at the same time. Both phones can do this, but iOS does it automatically, and Samsung lawyers are arguing that because Android can’t and doesn’t, the phones aren’t infringing.

If that distinction doesn’t cut it, the resulting bans could interrupt Samsung’s sales in all of Europe, since its distribution centre is located in the Netherlands. It seems like a sort of desperate move to fall back on calling your operating system (and your product) inferior but desperate times call for desperate meaures. [PC World]