The war is now on a global scale with both companies firing law suits back and forth in many different countries. On Tuesday, CNet discovered that Samsung has interjected a bit of humor into the patent suit, the thing is Samsung is dead serious. Most of the documents in the suits are sealed however the folks at Foss patents discovered in one of the non sealed documents that Samsung has cited the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film, 2001 A Space Odyssey. They are using the Kubrick Sci Fi masterpiece as proof that tablets were an idea long before Apple’s 2004 patent design filing.
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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 found online here. 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.
Samsung went on to cite the 1970’s British TV series “The Tomorrow People” as showing tablet art as well. While Samsung’s patent lawyers definitely have a sense of humor they are making excellent points against Apple. We can’t help but think what Karl Benz would have done with patent law back when he invented the modern automobile.