In reference to the patent: US8336498
This US patent describes a system very similar to a system patented in Spain. When the applicants wanted the same system patented in the EU it was discharged due to a tiny similarity a US patent. For details about the patent see: http://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/originalDocument?FT=D&date=20070816&DB=worldwide.espacenet.com&locale=en_EP&CC=ES&NR=2257122B2&KC=B2&ND=4 When the page is open please push Download and you will see the Spanish patent accepted 23th July 2007. The English version not accepted by EU patent office you can open on: https://data.epo.org/publication-server/result-page?iAction=3&pn=1676477&ki=A1&cc=EP and push pdf. Does this mean that a Spanish patent with a very similar system is not considered to cancel the novelty of a later patent proposal?