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Samsung cites ‘2001’ in iPad suit defense

Samsung has filed its opposition to Apple’s motion for a preliminary injunction in the United States, and in doing so has cited a sci-fi classic as evidence that the iPad’s design existed well before Apple’s patent covering it. Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents reports that in its briefing, Samsung cited a pair of devices shown during Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as valid prior art for a certain iPad-related design patent. “In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers,” the briefing reads. “As with the design claimed by the D’889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.” While the actors are seen interacting with the tablets as they would static video screens, the scene does not show the devices running an OS, applications of any sort, or otherwise performing other tasks one would associate with an iPad. The clip is available for viewing below. [via MDN]

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All this tells me is that the line between fiction and reality is, at Samsung, blurry at best.

Posted by Farnsworth on August 23, 2011 at 2:49 PM (CDT)


Umm… I used to make “tablets” like the iPad as a kid - out of cardboard, tinfoil, and used markers to color it in. And then use it. Cuz, well, I was a kid. But does this mean that I can get in line with Samsung for the lawsuit?
Didn’t think so.

Posted by KPanda on August 23, 2011 at 3:38 PM (CDT)

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