Responding to Apple’s lawsuit alleging it copied designs for the iPad and iPhone, Samsung’s lawyers have pulled out video evidence from the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. In a 1-minute clip, the lawyers imply that the iPad-style form factor predates Apple’s devices.
FOSS Patents quotes the exhibit submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to oppose Apple’s motion for a preliminary injunction.
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.
Here’s the clip:
Do you think the devices used in 2001 look enough like iPads to bolster Samsung’s case?