In an effort to argue the former art, the company cites 2001: A Space Odyssey as a pattern of tablet designs existing long before the iPad.
Latest filing of Samsung reads, “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.”
Samsung also gives British television series The Tomorrow People as another example of a tablet-like gadget that came before iPad.
Apple first charged Samsung in the US in April, claiming that Samsung’s Galaxy gadgets breached its copyrights; Samsung fired back soon afterwards with a countersuit alleging copyright violation on Apple’s part.
Copyright specialist Florian Mueller was the first to discover the prior art claims.
He says, “It would be amazing if the court agreed with Samsung that this constitutes prior art for that particular iPad-related design patent.”
“Whether or not Samsung will succeed, the mere fact that they proffer this kind of evidence is remarkable and will be exciting for many fans of movies in general – and of that movie in particular – to find out about.”