California: Samsung filed a declaration in federal court in San Jose, Calif., on Monday by a lawyer for the company suggesting that the basic design of the iPad was already envisioned by such admired works as Stanley Kubrick’s seminal movie, which came out in 1968.
According to the reports, Samsung are pointing to 2001: Space Odyssey as justification and they also argue that Space Odyssey establishes iPad-like tablets as prior art, thus invalidating one of Apple’s patents.
Along with the state of Kubrick, the Samsung filing cites a scene from the 1970s British TV series ‘The Tomorrow People’ represented a tablet computer as prior art.
The lawyer wrote that “In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers.”
As with the design claimed by Apple’s 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, and a thin form factor.”
Recently, Apple won a temporary ban against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe and in Australia forced Samsung to consent not to sell the device until it can satisfy Apple that it does not breach on its iPad patents.