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Samsung Claims ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ as Inspiration for Their Tablet Design

by on August 23rd, 2011

Apple is currently suing Samsung alleging the South Korean conglomerate has copied the iPad design (oh, don’t forget the ‘Smart Case’). Now, in a bit of a twist Samsung has come up with a clever defense strategy, as outlined by FOSSpatents. The Korean company is claiming Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, ’2001: A Space Odyssey’, is their inspiration for their iPad-like design of the Galaxy Tab:

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.

I don’t know whether to laugh, or think this is an ingenious response on Samsung’s part.

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  • Anonymous

    I sense Stanley Kubrick’s estate will be filing a patent suit against both Apple and Samsung shortly.