Samsung claims “2001” as prior art in Galaxy case

We all know the shenanigans that have been going on between Apple and Samsung. Now, Samsung is claiming that the iPad’s patent is void because the generic shape of “rectangle” was used in conjunction with the mobile computers in the 1968 movie “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

While this may seem like a long shot, at least Samsung is trying. Hopefully, cool heads prevail and relise that a hexagonal tablet would be woefully dumb, and tell Apple to shut up and play nice.

From the filing:

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.

There. Steve Jobs did not create the rectangular tablet. Nor did he create the rectangular viewing screen that the tablet is based on. To request that all flat, touchscreen, black tablet computers with narrow borders change (and thus change the entire paradigm of tablet computing) is a little silly, Cupertino. Knock it off.

Sources: Axis of Eval, FOSS Patents

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