Samsung Adds “2001: A Space Odyssey” Movie As Evidence For iPad Design Patent Lawsuit


Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics about the design of their tablet. Apple accused Samsung of making a tablet that looks just like their iPad. Interestingly, Samsung filed an opposition brief to Apple’s motion for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. The image above is page 2 of an exhibit filed by Samsung with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Below is a statement that explains why the movie picture is valid prior art for an iPad-related design patent:

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.

[FOSS Patents]

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