Samsung cites 1968 film clip as prior art design against iPad design patent


Samsung has filed its opposition brief in the Californian court against Apple’s motion for preliminary injunction. Although the filed document is under wraps, Foss Patents managed to check out numerous exhibits that showed Samsung’s claim of prior art design. Samsung claims iPad 2’s design is not unique and is common for a tablet design. Samsung has even attached a screenshot from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey where two persons are shown using their tablet devices.

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.

We’re no legal experts here but it will be interesting to see if court sides with Samsung for their movie-based proof or stand with Apple for their iPad’s design.