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Samsung to Apple: "Well, Technically Stanley Kubrick Invented the Tablet"

Steven Blum
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Sci Fi fans rejoice! The Samsung- Apple court battle just got a whole lot more interesting.

First Apple doctored photos to make the Galaxy Tab 10.1 appear more similar to the iPad and now Samsung is finally fighting back, alleging that if you want to copyright all flat rectangular devices with display screens that look vaguely like the iPad, you're going to have to go a bit farther back than the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Specifically, you're going to have to sue Stanley Kubrick.

In the following clip from "2001: A Space Odyssey," you can clearly see that Apple wasn't the first to think up the idea of a tablet. In fact, the "tablets" Kubrick used (which I'm sure were actually TV screens built into the table) look a whole lot like the iPad. Take a look, below!

Here's the exact wording Samsung uses to defend this particular piece of evidence:

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 at http://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.

The piece of evidence is being used to prove that there was art prior to the launch of the iPad which could have inspired Jobs and company. Whether or not the judge actually agrees with Samsung remains to be seen, but it's nonetheless exciting to see Samsung reach into the world of pop culture to prove their point.

And here I was thinking I was sick of these patent suits...

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  • Johan Aug 24, 2011 Link

    For a truely epic fight you need a truely epic director comming fall 2012. Apple vs. Samsung the movie. See epic court room battles.... see armed laywers fight to the death... see good ideas squashed under the boots of pointless litigation! A Michael Bay production.

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  • Zhu Lee Aug 24, 2011 Link

    Apple's argument that anything that has a "general resemblance" to the iPad is a copyright infringement just simply does not make any sense legally. I think Samsung are actually taking the right strategy on this one. These types of comical pieces of evidence will help highlight the absurdity of the entire situation.

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  • Lemar Williams Aug 24, 2011 Link

    If they did make a movie, who would play jobs? My vote is Gary Oldman... that man can do evil like no other.

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  • Peter Long Aug 24, 2011 Link

    Samsung also invoked art exhibitions where tablet-like pieces of art were shown. Pretty funny.

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  • Raj P. Aug 24, 2011 Link

    Thank you Samsung for adding a bit of humor and sanity to the whole patent extravaganza.

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  • Marshall Harris Aug 24, 2011 Link

    The whole discussion on the subject has gone beyond the realm of logic and is just incomprehensible to the general public. A bunch of lawyers playing around and joking around over millions.

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  • Jeremiah Aug 25, 2011 Link

    This all reminds me of when Apple claimed microsoft stole the "window" idea from them. When it was actually xerox who thought of it even before apple!

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