I’m Afraid I Can’t Let You Do That, Apple.

In the ongoing patent dispute between Samsung and Apple, the company behind the Galaxy Tab has decided to dig through the cinematic archives in order to defend their intellectual property. Samsung’s latest defense cites an iPad-like gadget in Kubrick’s 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey as prior art, hoping to sway the court into believing that they did not copy Apple’s designs, since a tablet device has little room for visual variation. Whether the fictional defense will work remains to be seen, but it will be interesting to see how the case develops.

Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. The clip can be downloaded online athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ8pQVDyaLo. 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.

[FOSS Patents]

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