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

Posted Aug 23, 2011

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 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.

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